Israel Strikes Gaza After Border Bombs

Leroy Wright
March 25, 2019

Israel will respond with force to a rocket attack that hit a residential area north of Tel Aviv, injuring 7 people, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said after talking to top military brass.

The house hit was located in the community of Mishmeret, around 20 kilometres north of Tel Aviv, police said.

Magen David Adom rescue service said it was treating six people, including a 50-year-old woman who was moderately wounded.

Netanyahu said he will cut short his trip to the United States after the incident.

Of the seven Israelis injured in the house on an agricultural community, three were children and all were members of one family. But Gaza's Hamas leaders said the rocket was sacked accidently and calm was quickly restored. The U.N. Commission of Inquiry criticized Israel's rules of engagement in dealing with the protesters and said the majority of the Palestinians killed "did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot". The military said it was striking "terrorist targets".

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Monday's rocket comes just days ahead of the March 30 one-year anniversary of Palestinian protests and clashes along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel. He says he will return to Israel to handle the crisis shortly after meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday.

Top Israeli officials pinned the blame on Hamas, though no Palestinian group has claimed credit for the attack.

Two rockets were launched at Tel Aviv on March 14 but caused no injuries or damage.

Palestinians in Gaza had thrown a number of explosive devices towards the border fence with Israel, one of which set off air raid sirens in the south of the country late on Saturday, the army said.

His chief rival in next month's election, centrist ex-general Benny Gantz, issued a statement accusing the rightist premier of having "bankrupted national security" by permitting such attacks.

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