Israel Under Attack: Rocket fired from Gaza hits home in central Israel
BREAKING: A rocket launched by Muslim terrorists from Gaza hit a home in Moshav Mishmeret in the Sharon area of central Israel.
Initial reports indicate that the house caught fire and that 7 people were injured.
Emergency responders said a woman in her 60s is in light-to-moderate condition and the others wounded, two of them babies, are suffering light injuries.
The victims were evacuated to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba.
Four dogs did not survive the direct impact.
The IDF confirmed that one launch was identified as having been launched from the Rafah area in Gaza.
PM Netanyahu, who is currently in the United States, was briefed on the rocket attack. A security consultation will be held with the Chief of Staff, the head of the Shin Bet, the head of the security cabinet and senior security officials.
The missile used in the attack was a locally-developed J80 rocket (named after Hamas commander-terrorist Jabari) fired from Rafah in southern Gaza over 100km into central Israel.
Following the rocket attack, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups and Gaza factions evacuated all posts and took positions in underground bunkers as the IDF and defense commanders gathered in Tel Aviv to discuss a response.
PM Netanyahu has canceled a planned appearance at AIPAC conference in Washington and has decided to cut short his visit and return home early on Monday to deal with the security situation.
Hamas terror group leader Yahya Sinwar canceled his planned public address this afternoon as other public events in Gaza are being canceled today, including the opening of Rafah’s new municipal stadium.
The Islamic Jihad terror group issued a statement saying that they will respond fiercely to any Israeli retaliation while the Hamas terror group sent a message via Egyptian mediators that they are not responsible for today’s rocket fire.
The IDF claims the rocket was fired from an Izz ad-Din al-Qassam controlled position.
The IDF has declared Zikim Beach and the area surrounding the Gaza border a “closed military zone”.