Palestinians speed up Gaza handover talks amid anger at US, Israel


Militants fired on Thursday makeshift rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel in response to USA recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, eyewitnesses said.

Furthermore, after two rockets were fired from Gaza this evening, the IDF does not rule out the possibility that the Gaza Strip may join the violence. There were no casualties.

Israel has struck Gaza Thursday night with warplanes and tanks, according to Israeli army, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

"Upon the conclusion of the general staff's situation assessment, it was decided that a number of battalions will reinforce in the area of (the West Bank), as well as combat intelligence and territorial defense", the statement issued by the military said.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a "Day of Rage" leading up to the protests. "Tomorrow, our people will launch an intifada against the occupation and we are confident that we will achieve a victory and liberate our sacred land", Haniyeh added.

"In response to an anticipated United States announcement on Jerusalem on 6 December 2017, the Palestinians have called for protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza from 6 December", the advice said.

The directive given to IDF soldiers ahead of Friday's expected riots is to show as much restraint as possible until the situation becomes life-threatening.