Israeli Air Forces’ ‘Sufa’ (F-16I) planes, flying over the beaches of Tel-Aviv on ‘country's 63rd Independence Day’ – Israel Defense Forces / Flickr
CAIRO – 4 January 2018: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that Israeli jets launched airstrikes on Gaza overnight Wednesday-Thursday, targeting "terror infrastructure", Times of Israel reported.
Four airstrikes hit parts between Khan Younis and Rafah cities along the Gaza Strip, a source told Sputnik. Some of the Israeli launched missiles did not explode, the source added.
“We will act against any attempts to violate Israeli sovereignty,” IDF said in a late-night statement.
The IDF said the attacks come in retaliation for mortar attacks which were fired into southern Israel on Wednesday, causing no injuries or damage, Times of Israel reported. The IDF and the Israel Police blame “Palestinian terrorists” for the attacks.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision on December 6, 2017, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, was met by official condemnations and street protests in the Arab region.
In December, the Israeli military launched multiple airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, Israeli news media reported, claiming the launches targeted Hamas positions in retaliation for a missiles attack launched from Gaza on Israel.
Hamas party, one of the Palestinian largest factions called for street protests on December 8, in rejection of the decision, dubbing the day; “Day of Rage”. Amid protests, Israel carried out airstrikes on Gaza, saying the launches came in retaliation for a missile launched from Gaza on Israel.