MISHMERET, Israel (Reuters) – A protracted-range rocket launched from the Gaza Strip struck a home in central Israel on Monday, wounding six individuals within the first such incident since a 2014 battle within the Palestinian enclave, Israeli authorities mentioned.
A broken home that was hit by a rocket will be seen north of Tel Aviv, Israel, March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Yair Sagi
The early morning assault on Mishmeret, an agricultural city north of Tel Aviv, got here at a time of excessive rigidity forward of the anniversary of Gaza border protests on the weekend, and with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting Washington as he campaigns for a fifth time period in an April 9 poll.
Israel’s business capital and outlying communities had final come beneath such an assault throughout the 2014 battle with Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamists.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service mentioned it was treating six occupants of a house in Mishmeret, together with an toddler, for wounds. TV photos confirmed a constructing with intensive injury, and police mentioned it had additionally been set aflame.
The strike got here minutes after the Israeli army activated air raid sirens within the space and mentioned one rocket had been launched out of the Gaza Strip, a coastal territory 50 miles (80 km) away the place Hamas and different factions possess such weapons.
Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesman for Israel’s Overseas Ministry, mentioned the house in Mishmeret was hit by a rocket from Gaza.
There was no fast Palestinian affirmation.
Two rockets have been launched at Tel Aviv on March 14 however brought on no casualties or injury, Israel mentioned. It blamed the rocket launches on Hamas, although a safety official who declined to be recognized by identify or nationality later mentioned that the salvo, which missed any built-up areas, had been set off accidentally.
There was no fast remark from Netanyahu on Monday’s incident.
His chief rival in subsequent month’s election, centrist ex-general Benny Gantz, issued a press release accusing the rightist premier of getting “bankrupted nationwide safety”.
Writing by Dan Williams; modifying by Darren Schuettler