IDF retaliates against Hamas for rocket attacks

Donald Trump in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah

Donald Trump in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah

A four-year-old Palestinian child died in the Gaza Strip yesterday after succumbing to wounds he sustained during the Israeli offensive in 2014 when he was just one years old.

The Israeli Defense Forces issued a statement holding Hamas accountable for the attack, as Israel considers the group responsible for any actions coming from Gaza.

The security situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories is febrile following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which Palestinians see as a political and religious red line. An IDF spokesman said two rocket launches had been identified with both falling inside the Gaza Strip.

Shortly afterwards, the army fired a tank shell into a Palestinian land, in Juhr ed-Deek area, southeast of Gaza city.

Later in the evening another launch was reported with rockets said to have fallen in open fields in Israeli territory.

Throughout the day on Thursday, Palestinians in Gaza marched, waved Palestinian flags and burned photographs of Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and American flags.

In Wednesday night's raid, Israeli security forces also apprehended several Palestinians suspected of inciting terrorism and brought them in for questioning with the Israel Police.

Last week, the Islamic Jihad launched a dozen mortar shells at an army post northeast of the Strip, causing no injuries but some damage to army equipment. The IDF confirmed the use of a tank and an IAF to strike Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier in the day, Israel troops were heavily deployed on the outskirts of Gaza city in anticipation of any possible protests by Palestinians.

The Palestinians seek the eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state.