Rocket fired from Gaza lands north of Tel Aviv

Clay Curtis
March 25, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he would cut his visit to the United States and return to Israel to take charge of a response to the recent attack from the Gaza Strip.

Earlier this month, following reports of two rockets fired toward Tel Aviv from Gaza, the Israeli military responded by striking more than 100 targets in the coastal Palestinian enclave. He will leave the US capital after his meeting with US President Donald Trump scheduled for 16:30 today Israel time, and will not speak as scheduled at the AIPAC conference.

"I have decided, due to the security incidents, to cut short my visit to the United States".

The house hit was located in the community of Mishmeret, police said.

A general view shows an emergency responder inspecting a damaged house after it was hit by a rocket in the village of Mishmeret, north of Tel Aviv on March 25, 2019.

The prime minister's remarks follow two days of Israeli air strikes on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.

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There was no immediate Palestinian confirmation.

Netanyahu described Monday morning's rocket launch that struck a home in central Israel as a "criminal attack" and vowed to strike back hard. "I will meet President (Donald) Trump in a few hours and just after that I will return to Israel to lead closely the operations", Netanyahu said in a video released by his office.

In November, he agreed to a mediated cease-fire with the group after a spate of rocket attacks from Gaza toward communities in southern Israel.

Israel told Palestinian officials it was closing all Gaza crossings as well as access to the sea from the blockaded territory. Smaller flare-ups have occurred sporadically since Israel and Hamas fought their last war, in 2014.

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.

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