The strikes on the Gaza Strip come after Palestinians spent Thursday protesting against the US government's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
After rockets sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the border in the early evening local time, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said two rockets were fired but failed to make it out of Gaza. On Thursday, Hamas terror group leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising.
Rockets or mortar rounds were fired Thursday afternoon at Israeli army forces.
"The IDF holds Hamas responsible for hostile activity perpetrated against Israel from the Gaza Strip", the IDF said in a statement.
Palestinian security sources said that two Israeli tank shells targeted a military post in central Gaza Strip, adding that no injuries were reported, but severe damage was caused to the military post that is close to the borders with Israel. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem Palestinians burn a US flag during a protest against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City December 7, 2017.
Jerusalem's status is among the most hard issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the U.S. traditional position has been that it must be negotiated between the two sides.
The Palestinians see the eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state.