Rockets fired into Israel near Gaza strip

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A tank and an aircraft targeted two military posts in the Gaza Strip, following projectiles that was sacked from the northern Gaza Strip and exploded in southern Israel, according to a statement made by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday evening.

The rockets, which triggered the Code Red alert system in Ashkelon and other Israeli communities, landed in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.

Rockets or mortar rounds were fired Thursday afternoon at Israeli army forces.

There was no initial claim of responsibility from any militant groups in the Gaza Strip for the launchings.

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Earlier in the day, Israel troops were heavily deployed on the outskirts of Gaza city in anticipation of any possible protests by Palestinians.

The military retaliated with six strikes on terrorist positions in Gaza, four of them belonging to the Islamic Jihad and two to Hamas, which rules the coastal enclave. The move sparked worldwide opposition and prompted Palestinian leaders to call for three days of protest.

Reportedly, the leader of the Palestinian Islamist group, Hamas, has called for a new "intifada", or uprising, as protests broke out in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem.

Trump also said the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though he set no timetable for that.