Gaza Rocket Injures Seven in Central Israel

Police says seven people have been injured after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house in central Israel.

This is the furthest a Palestinian rocket has reached in Israel since the 2014 conflict with militants in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is cutting short a trip to the US over the incident, has vowed to respond with force.

So far no-one has said they carried out the attack.

A week and a half ago, two rockets were fired towards Tel Aviv and nobody was hurt.

The Israeli military responded with dozens of air strikes across Gaza, which injured four people.

The Hamas militant group, which controls Gaza, and Israeli military officials later said those rockets had been launched “by mistake”.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the rocket hit a house in the community of Mishmeret, North-east of Tel Aviv, causing it to catch fire and injuring several members of one family.

Medical officials report that among the wounded were three children a Twelve year old girl, three year old boy and six month old baby.

Report says the latest rocket fire has dramatic raised tension in the region, just two weeks before Israel holds a general election.

Mr. Netanyahu is currently locked in a tight battle with his main rival, former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.

The prime minister’s campaign for a fifth term has been overshadowed by possible indictment in three corruption cases.


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