Israeli Air Force is bombing several targets in Gaza on Thursday in response to a volley of mortar fire from Palestinian militants, as tensions escalate after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
After the assault from Gaza, Israeli jets targeted military sites belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. A third rocket reportedly did reach Israeli territory, but landed in an open area and caused no harm or damage.
Residents in the Gaza Strip reported that there were no casualties from the strikes, according to Reuters.
Israeli soldiers' gunfire wounded six Palestinian men east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, adding one was shot in abdomen and is in critical condition, Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of Gaza's Health Ministry told reporters.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that with Trump's move, the United States disqualified itself as mediator between Israelis and Palestinians, a role it has played exclusively in more than two decades of stop-and-go negotiations aimed at setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
The Hamas leader also called for strong unity among all Palestinian factions, and "for a unified stance to counter this oppression and aggression".
Jerusalem's status is among the most hard issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the USA traditional position has been that it must be negotiated between the two sides.