Three rockets fired from Gaza at Israel, two intercepted by Iron Dome

During the increased tensions, Israel repeatedly responded to days of rocket fire by striking 40 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system blocked two missiles fired into Israel shortly before noon on Friday.

A third landed in an Israeli community in the Sha'ar Hanegev region, near the border with Gaza, according to the Israeli news website Ynet.

The incident was the latest round of escalation between Israel and the Palestinians, which was triggered by U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a statement on December 6.

It said plumes of smoke were visible from one of the targeted areas east of the Gaza City neighbourhood of al-Tuffah.

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No casualties were reported from either attack, according to the Times of Israel.

Both Hamas and fellow militant group Islamic Jihad had labelled Friday a "day of rage", as in previous weeks.

The retaliatory fire came an hour after three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, in the first such incident in over a week.

Militants in Gaza had fired more than a dozen rockets or mortar rounds at southern Israel in the latest wave of violence that erupted after Trump's decision.

Israel's military said about 2,000 Palestinians rolled burning tires and threw rocks at soldiers stationed near the Gaza border and troops fired "selectively against four main instigators".

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