It’s just been announced by both Netanyahu and the IDF that Israel has begun retaliating after a rocket attack yesterday that destroyed a home and injured seven people:
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We have just started striking Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019
Israel's military says it has started striking Hamas targets in Gaza after a rocket hit central Israel and injured seven people— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) March 25, 2019
Here’s more from Sky News:
Israel has begun striking Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack that injured a British-Israeli family.
The military confirmed that it had started a bombardment of the territory after an overnight blast in the Mishmeret farming community, which left seven people wounded.
An Israeli government source confirmed to Sky News that six members of the British-Israeli family were among those injured, including two children, and a house was completely destroyed.
It was the furthest a rocket fired from Gaza has travelled into Israel since the conflict began in 2014, and one of the paramedics first on the scene said it was “a miracle that nobody got killed”.
Nobody has said they were behind the rocket launch, which came down at 5.25am local time on Monday, but it came amid a recent back-and-forth between Israeli forces and Hamas.
Netanyahu has cut his trip in the US short, cancelling his AIPAC speech and meetings with congressmen, in order to head back to Israel.
The rocket that came from Gaza last night flew 75 miles according to the IDF:
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019