Israeli tanks, aircraft strike Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket attack

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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.

The Anadolu Agency quoted an Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth as saying that air-raid sirens were sounded in the border communities of Sdot Negev and Shaar Hanegev.

No casualties or material damage was reported.

Palestinians had launched three rockets on southern Israel. Police said another rocket exploded in a populated area damaging a building but causing no injuries.

There has been an uptick in Gaza rocket fire since President Donald Trump on December 6 abandoned decades of American policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and saying he would move the US Embassy to the holy city.

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Although Israel said it attacked Hamas posts, the source of the rockets remains unknown. Two of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome system and the third landed on top of a building in an Israeli town.

Tensions have been high in the region since the U.S. decision on Jerusalem was announced on December 6.

Palestinians were enraged by Trump's declaration, viewing it as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict.

The Israeli military used tear gas and gunfire to break up protests on Friday. Twelve Palestinians have died in the violence so far.

At least 500 people have been arrested, including Fatah leaders in Jerusalem.

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