16 Rockets in 9 Days: Rocket Fired From Gaza to Israel Hits Residential Building Inside Strip

Israel says rockets severely damaged house in Gazan town of Beit Hanoun. This is the 16th rocket fired at Israel since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital

File photo: A remnant of a rocket that was fired from Gaza and landed in Israel's Negev region during the 2014 Gaza war.
Ilan Assayag

A rocket was fired at Israel from Gaza on Friday evening, yet hit a residential building in the Gazan town of Beit Hanoun, the Israeli army's coordinator of government activities in the territories said.

This is the 16th rocket fired at Israel from Gaza since U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition nine days ago of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. It is the highest number of rockets launched since the end of Operation Protective Edge in August 2014. 

According to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the house was significantly damaged. In a Facebook post in Arabic COGAT said that "once again terror organizations launch rockets at Gaza residents themselves. Only a week ago a classroom at a public school in Bein Hanoun was destroyed." The post went on to say that "the terror elements in Gaza unequivocally prove what we keep on saying: They are destroying the future of the residents of Gaza with their own hands."

Since Trump's speech on December 6, 12 rockets were fired from Gaza to the Negev area in Israel. At least three more rockets exploded inside Palestinian territory. 

Earlier Friday, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli Border Police officer between the settlement of Beit El and the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank. He was shot by Border Police on the scene and later died of his wounds. The officer who was stabbed sustained moderate injuries.

Three Palestinians were killed and 260 were wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and on the Gaza border, according to the Palestinian health ministry.