Rocket fired from Gaza hits house in Israel, wounding six people

An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday wounding several people an Israeli rescue service said in an eruption

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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.

The early morning incident in Mishmeret, an agricultural town north of Tel Aviv, came at a time of high tension ahead of the anniversary of Gaza border protests and an April 9 election campaign in Israel.

An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said the projectile was sacked from Gaza, an enclave controlled by the militant Hamas group, and Netanyahu said Israel would respond forcefully.

Six people inside the home were injured when the rocket landed, including a woman in her 50s who suffered light to moderate injuries, said Magen David Adom, Israel's emergency response team, in a statement. The military said it was striking "terrorist targets".

Smadar Castelnovo, a Mishmeret resident who lives opposite the destroyed house, said they were woken up shortly after 5 a.m.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for this rocket.

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"I will meet President (Donald) Trump in a few hours and just after that I will return to Israel to lead closely the operations". Smaller flare-ups have occurred sporadically since Israel and Hamas fought their last war, in 2014.

Palestinian activists have been flying burning kites and balloons into Israel as part of ongoing anti-occupation protests along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone.

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

Later on Sunday, the army said a tank targeted a Hamas military position in the north of the enclave, after "balloons with explosives attached were launched from Gaza" and further explosive devices were thrown near the border.

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.

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