Israel carries out airstrikes in Gaza

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A third struck an open field and the fourth didn't reach Israel, hitting a school in the Gaza Strip where it destroyed an empty classroom, reported The Times of Israel citing Israeli officials. "It is connected to internal struggles between groups in the Gaza Strip".

"Tonight, in response to the rockets fired at Israel, the IDF targeted 3 Hamas terror facilities across Gaza using IAF [Israeli Air Force] platforms".

Khaled Safi, a professor on modern Palestinian history, said Hamas ignored their responsibility as the leading force in the Gaza Strip.

Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said on Israel Radio Thursday that while it seemed that Hamas was not carrying out the rocket strikes, it needed to rein in terrorists from "breakaway groups" or it would "find itself in a situation where it has to contend" with the IDF.

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Manelis also appeared to address the recent calls for more aggressive Israeli retaliations to the attacks, saying the deterrence the military has created in the three and a half years since the 2014 Gaza war "wasn't built in a day and won't come crashing down in a week - we will not allow this [rocket] fire to continue". Two were intercepted directly over the city of Sderot.

Deadly protests broke out in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem following Trump's announcement. Last week, two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike.

Tensions along Israel's border with the Gaza have been high as of late, after US President Donald Trump announced that the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and would move its embassy there. Shutting the two points effectively cuts off Gaza from the rest of the world by land, save for its small Egyptian border, which is generally closed.

Two Palestinian militants were killed in Gaza on Tuesday in an explosion whose cause was unclear, with Israel denying claims from authorities in the Hamas-run enclave that it was responsible.

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