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Israeli Strikes Kill 2 ‘Hamas’ Members

Israeli Strikes Kill 2 ‘Hamas’ Members

Saturday, 9 December, 2017 - 10:45
A member of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas surveys a Hamas site after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Israeli airstrikes on a base in Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip early Saturday killed two “Hamas” members following a rocket attack on Israel.

The strike, one of several in the early hours, came amid protests across the Palestinian territories against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Israeli military said it targeted four “Hamas” facilities in response to rockets fired the previous day, including one that landed in the town of Sderot without causing casualties or major damage. The military said it struck military warehouses and weapons manufacturing sites, after which “Hamas” said it recovered the bodies of two of its men.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza named the men as Mahmud al-Atal, 28 and Mohammed al-Safdi, 30.

The flare-up followed clashes Friday between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops in dozens of West Bank hotspots and along the Gaza border. Two Palestinians were shot dead in Gaza and dozens were wounded in the West Bank.

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