Jerusalem Tension: Israel triggers strikes on Gaza after rocket attack

JERUSALEM: Israel says it has responded to Palestinian rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip. The fresh violence comes amid two nights of unrest between Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem.

 Israel's military claimed on Saturday that it struck military sites in the Gaza Strip after at least 36 rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave into southern Israel over the past two days.

The latest exchange of fire followed unrest in Jerusalem over the last two nights, during which dozens of Israelis and Palestinians were injured. The army said it hit underground infrastructure for Hamas and rocket launchers in Gaza "in response to rockets fired at Israel throughout the night."

On Friday night, amid recent tensions between Palestinians and the Israeli police in east Jerusalem, militants in Gaza fired three rockets towards southern Israel. Overnight, Israel retaliated with airstrikes on sites belonging to Hamas, an Islamist Palestinian group that runs Gaza, which was followed by more rockets fired at southern Israel, the Xinhua news agency reported.

"Fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a number of Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip, including an underground infrastructure and rocket launchers belonging to Hamas," an Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement.

Between Friday night and early Saturday, at least 36 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. Israel's Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted six of the rockets, while the other rockets fell near the fence separating Gaza and Israel or in open fields in Israel, without causing damage or injury.

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