Israel puts Gaza border on lockdown over security concerns

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The forces targeted three installations around the Gaza Strip that were used for training and weapons storage, reports Efe news.

Israel forces claimed that they have targeted Hamas positions.

In response, the army said it had targeted what it described as three military facilities in Gaza used as training and weapons storage sites by Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza which the U.S. and Europe Union consider a terrorist organization. The army did not say when the crossing would reopen.

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The Israeli military claimed it was closing both border crossings with Gaza "due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments" - a reference to ongoing protests by Gaza residents and an increase in rocket fire from the territory following United States president Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week. But more hard issues remain, and a number of previous attempts at reconciliation have failed.All institutions and public schools shut down in the Gaza Strip yesterday as Hamas-affiliated employees demanded that the PA government pay their salaries.

The strikes came hours after Israel's missile defense system intercepted two rockets fired from Gaza.

The situation in the region escalated after the US President Donald trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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But their final statement declared "East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine" and invited "all countries to recognise the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital".

The Islamic Jihad group in Gaza has withdrawn a claim made earlier on Tuesday that two of its members on a motorcycle were killed by an IDF drone while on en route to a terrorist mission. In turn, the Israeli army denied any involvement in air strikes.

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