Rocket Launched from Gaza Strikes House Outside Tel Aviv, Injuring 6

Rocket Launched from Gaza Strikes House Outside Tel Aviv, Injuring 6


A rocket launched from Gaza struck a house in central Israel early on Monday, injuring six people and setting off air raid sirens in the country, Israeli officials and news reports said.

The rocket hit an Israeli home at 5:20 a.m. on Monday, the Israel Defense Forces said on Twitter. Reporters from Israeli news outlets tweeted early on Monday that the rocket hit at least one civilian home, injuring at least six people, including two children.

Magen David Adom, an Israeli rescue service, said in a Twitter post that the group was treating the victims. It said a 50-year-old woman had been moderately wounded in the attack and that the others were slightly injured.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the attack. The home that was hit was in the Kfar Saba region, north of Tel Aviv, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The apparent rocket attack comes less than two weeks after Israel and Hamas worked to de-escalate tensions after rockets from Gaza were fired at Tel Aviv.

Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel’s destruction, is one of only two groups in Gaza known to possess rockets with a range capable of reaching Tel Aviv and the surrounding area. The other is Islamic Jihad, which shares a similar ideology.

On Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces said explosives had been “hurled” during riots in Gaza, near the Israeli border, and that Israel had struck two Hamas posts in response.

The office of Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who flew to the United States on Saturday for a four-day visit, said early on Monday that he had been updated on the situation and would consult by phone with the chief of staff of the defense forces, Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, and other senior officials, Israeli news reports said.

While in Washington this week, Mr. Netanyahu is expected to meet President Trump and address a policy conference organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, known as Aipac.





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