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Rocket fired from Gaza hits building in Israeli town, 2 others intercepted

30 December 2017

Israel intercepted rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday, the military said, in what appeared to be an attack that targeted a memorial ceremony for a slain Israeli soldier.

No casualties were reported from either attack, according to the Times of Israel.

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Israel's military said Friday it attacked two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip after three rockets launched from the besieged Palestinian enclave hit an Israeli building earlier. However, a building in Sha'ar Hanegev sustained some damage when a third rocket landed nearby. While in Kfar Azza, residents and guests were marking the birthday of deceased IDF soldier Oron Shaul, z'l, whose remains are still being held hostage by Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorists along with those of IDF officer Hadar Goldin, z'l.

Two other rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating that both were headed directly for populated areas. Locals said that Israeli naval ships chased down fishing boats off the coast of northern Gaza and opened fire at them.

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Clashes continue in the West Bank as Palestinians protest US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Tensions have been high in the region since the United States decision on Jerusalem was announced on December 6. Twelve Palestinians have died in the violence so far.

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Rocket fired from Gaza hits building in Israeli town, 2 others intercepted