Ismail Haniyeh, the top leader of the Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas, called for a violent Palestinian uprising on Thursday.
The rockets, which triggered the Code Red alert system in Ashkelon and other Israeli communities, landed in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman said. Clashes were also reported throughout Judea and Samaria as Palestinians rioted following United States President Donald Trump's declaration Wednesday night that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
After the assault from Gaza, Israeli jets targeted military sites belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The rocket fire followed several clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli forces along the Gaza border earlier in the day, in which at least nine Gazans were injured, according to the local health ministry.
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Hundreds of Palestinians protested on Thursday by burning posters of Trump, Israel's prime minister and the Israel and USA flags.
In a Wednesday address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government as merely based on reality.
The Palestinians see the eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state.