Two rockets fired on Israel land in Gaza

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The strikes on the Gaza Strip come after Palestinians spent Thursday protesting against the USA government's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The salafist group Tawhid al-Jihad, later took responsibility for the launches. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra) A Palestinian steps on a poster of U.S. President Donald Trump and a representation of the American flag during a protest against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Gaza City Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

Dozens of Palestinians in Gaza also staged violent protests along the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave, throwing rocks and rolling burning tires at the barrier and the Israeli soldiers on the other side.

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

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.

"The IDF holds Hamas responsible for hostile activity perpetrated against Israel from the Gaza Strip", the IDF said in a statement.

Trump's announcement overturns decades of precedent and runs counter to global consensus, with no other country now taking the same stance.