Israel has responded with an attack after rockets launched from Gaza struck Israeli towns. Reports about what happened are trickling in.
It's unclear who launched the rocket attack from Gaza. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Nasser Salah Eddine brigades claimed responsibility. They're part of a terrorist organization separate from Hamas, according to Ynet News. In at least one city that was hit, there were no reported injuries, but several cars were damaged by the explosion.
In response, the Israeli Air Force used its jets to launch an air strike on a Hamas arms depot and training compound. The Palestinians claim the strike injured at least 25 people, including six children, despite the targets being military in nature.
With Israel's rocket alarms going off in the aftermath, it's possible Gaza has responded with another attack. Investigators are looking for where the rockets may have landed.
Palestinian protesters have ramped up violence in the region after President Trump announced on Wednesday that the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem — not Tel Aviv — as Israel's capital city, according to the UK's The Independent. The Israeli's claim to the Holy Land has been brought into question — often through violence — by the Arab nations surrounding it and by the Arabs who lived there for generations after the Jews were exiled.
Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said that "the United States had the courage, and the sound moral judgment, to right these historic wrongs, and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel."
Trump's plan also involves the eventual moving of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has greatly praised the president's decision to move ahead with all of this now, unlike the past three U.S. presidents who promised to do it but never followed through. Trump excoriated them in a video mashup on Twitter Friday:
"While previous presidents made have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver," Trump said in the video clip from Wednesday. "Today, I am delivering. I've judged the course of action to be in the best interest of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians."
What do you think of this? In related news, U.S Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended Trump's decision in the face of critics who think acknowledging Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will only ever bring violence.