Israel Strikes Gaza After Rare Missile Hits House, Truce Reached

Israel says Gaza rocket strikes home in central Israel

Rocket fired from Gaza lands north of Tel Aviv

A house lies in ruins after being hit by a rocket in Mishmeret, central Israel, on March 25, 2019.

Seven Israelis were injured after a rocket, fired from the besieged Gaza Strip, struck a house north of Tel Aviv City, in central Israel, on Monday morning. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now in Washington, in the United States, set to meet with US President Donald Trump, however, announced his intention to cut the visit, saying "In light of the security events I have made a decision to cut short my visit to the US".

There has been a criminal attack on the State of Israel and we will respond forcefully. The Israeli army said air raid sirens wailed in southern Israel late Monday night, with one rocket fired into the country, but it provided no further details.

There was no claim of responsibility for the early morning strike.

A senior Palestinian official told Reuters Monday on condition of anonymity that Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt.

"I almost lost my family".

The military also sent two additional brigades to the Gaza region and called up approximately 1,000 reservists for air defense and other select units.

Israeli warplanes and helicopters also targeted Hamas' military intelligence headquarters and internal security service offices in Gaza, according to the IDF's twitter account.

Palestinian protesters take part in the weekly Great Return March demonstration near the Israel-Gaza fence, east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, March 22, 2019.

In a 2016 report for Al-Araby TV, Hajar Harb alleged that doctors were writing false medical reports to let people leave Gaza for treatment, one of the few reasons Israel allows Palestinians out of the blockaded strip run by Hamas.

Rocket fire from Gaza at that distance is rare. An Israeli soldier was killed by a sniper along the frontier. The protesters demand the right to return to land from which their ancestors fled. What we need is leader who can talk about negotiations, ending the siege and the occupation, about equality, freedom, and security as the only solution for both Israelis and Palestinians. Smaller flare-ups have occurred sporadically since Israel and Hamas fought their last war in 2014; Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for all fire coming out of the coastal territory.

Islamists Hamas have controlled Gaza for more than a decade and have recently cracked down violently on street protests.

Israel's dilemma, ever since Hamas seized power in a violent coup in 2007, has been whether to choose a hostile radical Islamist regime-yet one that is capable of ruling Gaza and has been partially responsive to deterrence-or to topple the regime.

Sirens also rang out in Israeli towns near the border, sending residents running for shelter as a barrage of short-range rockets was launched into Israel.

Recent Gaza violence has put a dent in Netanyahu's tough-on-security image at a time when he is running neck-and-neck with centrist challenger Benny Gantz, a former armed forces chief.

Before departing the US, Netanyahu was in attendance while US President Donald Trump signed a declaration recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, annexed from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Netanyahu faces the hard task of delivering a tough blow to Hamas while avoiding protracted fighting that could work against him on election day.

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