4 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops

At least four Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops in Gaza.

A health ministry official said two Palestinians was killed in Gaza in clashes with Israeli forces sparked by President Donald Trump’s plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

One of the deceased was identified as Maher Atallah, 54.

Meanwhile, an Israeli air strike on a Gaza base of Hamas’s military wing killed two people Saturday, health officials of the territory’s Palestinian Islamist rulers said.

The strike on a base in Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip, one of several in the early hours, came amid protests across the Palestinian territories against US President Donald Trump’s deeply controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Hamas health ministry in Gaza named the men as Abdullah al-Atal, 28 and Mohammed al-Safdi, 30.

It said that their bodies were only recovered several hours after the pre-dawn strike on a base of Hamas’s military wing in Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip.

The militants did not say if the dead men were its members.

The strike followed three rocket attacks last night from Gaza into southern Israel.

“Today in response to the rockets fired at southern Israeli communities throughout yesterday, Israel air force aircraft targeted four facilities belonging to the Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” an English-language army statement said today.

It said the targets were “two weapons manufacturing sites, a weapons warehouse and a military compound.”

“In each target, several components were hit,” it added.

Israeli strikes on Hamas facilities last night wounded 14 people, among them women and children, the Hamas medical services said.

They followed three rocket attacks during yesterday’s Palestinian “day of rage” over Trump’s decision.

In one of them, a rocket hit the southern Israeli city of Sderot although Israeli public radio said it did not explode and did not cause any casualties.

The Israeli military said that its Iron Dome air defence system intercepted an earlier rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave.

It said it later detected a second missile launch, but had not found evidence that it had reached Israeli territory.

The military retaliated yesterday with air strikes on what it said were two targets.