Israel Bombs Gaza, Positions Troops After Rocket Attack Near Tel Aviv

The Israeli leader, who arrived in Washington on Sunday, announced that he will return to Israel immediately after meeting with President Trump at the White House on Monday morning.

The attack prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut his trip to the U.S. short.

The border along Israel and Gaza recently marked one year of continued border protests.

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

In retaliation, Israel hit 100 Hamas targets throughout Gaza. A 12-year old girl and two infants also received shrapnel wounds, and two dogs were killed.Please keep all of Israel in your prayers...

Just before dawn, a rocket from Gaza slammed into an Israeli home in the community of Mishmeret in central Israel.

Israel reportedly hopes to increase the range of Iron Dome's intercept capability to 250 kilometers (155 miles).

The Israeli army also declared several areas in southern Israel closed military zones.

The rocket attack is a surprise only if we allow ourselves to forget the wider context of the daily reality of occupation - from arrests of Palestinian children in their classrooms to settler attacks on Palestinian farmers - or the siege on Gaza, which has left the Gazans impoverished and hopeless.

Gantz said that Jerusalem - also claimed by the Palestinians - would always remain Israel's "united and eternal capital" and said, without ruling out a Palestinian state in the West Bank, that the Jordan Valley will "always" be Israel's eastern security border.


The rocket comes after mounting tensions in recent weeks.

At least five Palestinians were injured after Israeli warplanes carried out a fresh wave of airstrikes across the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, according to military sources.

The move appeared to give Netanyahu a boost ahead of the closely contested April 9 Israeli elections.

Rocket fire from Gaza at that distance is rare.

Gaza is home to 2 million Palestinians, majority descendants of people who fled or were driven from homes in Israel when it was founded in 1948.

Hamas says it has reached an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel after a severe exchange of fire on Monday, only two weeks before Israeli elections.

It was the first time the city had been targeted since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

"Their leaders should be aware that we will respond with force against their aggression", it said, without commenting on who may have been responsible for the rocket. Witnesses reported seeing Hamas evacuating its personnel from government premises.

Yahya Sinwar, the head of the Islamist militant group Hamas in the coastal enclave, cancelled a planned public meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon, with Hamas officials citing "developments".


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