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Seven injured as Gaza rockets home in central Israel



  A general overview shows a damaged house after it was hit by a rocket in Mishmeret Township (March 25, 2019).

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Israeli officials say the house in Mishmeret started the fire after it had been off the rocket

Seven people have been injured when a rocket from the Gaza Strip hit a house in central Israel, police say.

The rocket arrived at 05:20 local time (03:20 GMT) Monday in an area north of the city of Tel Aviv.

This is the furthest Palestinian rocket in Israel since the conflict with the militants in the Gaza Strip in 201

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who canceled an American trip because of the incident, has sworn to join answer force.

So far nobody has said that they carried out the attack.

One and a half weeks ago two rockets were fired towards Tel Aviv and nobody was injured. The Israeli military responded with dozens of air raids across Gaza, injuring four people.

The militant Hamas group controlling the Gaza Strip and the Israeli military later declared that these missiles had been fired "accidentally".

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the rocket struck a house in the community of Mishmeret, some 20 km northeast of Tel Aviv, which set it on fire and injured several members of a family.

Haaretz quoted medical officials as saying that among the wounded, there were three children-a 12-year-old girl, a three-year-old boy, and a six-month-old baby.

The video that the IDF shared on Twitter showed the badly damaged house.

The rocket also triggered aerial sirens in the regions of Sharon and Emek Hefer.

"This was a criminal attack on Israel and we will be vigorously reacting," Prime Minister Netanyahu said after announcing that he would return to Washington early as soon as he met US President Donald Trump.

Yolande Knell of the BBC in Jerusalem says the recent rocket fire has dramatically increased tensions in the region, just two weeks before the parliamentary elections in Israel.

Mr. Netanyahu is currently in close combat with his main opponent Benny Gantz, the former IDF chief of staff.

The Prime Minister's campaign for a fifth term was overshadowed by possible charges in three corruption cases.


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