Israel`s Netanyahu vows to retaliate `with force` after rocket attack

Israel`s Netanyahu vows to retaliate `with force` after rocket attack

Israel`s Netanyahu vows to retaliate `with force` after rocket attack

Israel launched strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza on Monday hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit a house near Tel Aviv and wounded seven people, leading to fears of a severe escalation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would fly back to Israel immediately after meeting US President Donald Trump on Monday.

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

In a press release, the Israeli president informed that he will return to Israel after his meeting with Trump "in view of the cruel attack against the State of Israel" and warned that his country "will respond with force".

This coming Saturday marks one year of weekly deadly protests by Gazans at the border fence with Israel.

However, rocket fire and airstrikes were heard in Gaza despite reports of the ceasefire. An Israel-Egyptian blockade, combined with sanctions by the rival Palestinian Authority and mismanagement by the Hamas government have fuelled an economic crisis. The rocket wounded six members of the home it struck and a 12-year-old neighbour.

A Hamas official denied Israel's accusation that it was behind Monday's rocket strike, which led Netanyahu to vow a strong response.

Israel and Hamas, a terrorist group that seeks Israel's destruction, are bitter enemies.

Israel said it had destroyed Hamas's military intelligence headquarters.

In a speech to the USA pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, Gantz also spelled out further his views on peace prospects with the Palestinians, insisting that Israel's military will always control security in the West Bank.

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.

Two rockets were launched towardsTel Aviv on 14 March but caused no casualties or damage, Israel said. On the one hand, that's totally understandable; we aren't used to rocket fire in the Tel Aviv area, and certainly not rockets that exact such a devastating price.

"This was a criminal attack on Israel and we will respond forcefully".

The Israeli military said it was conducted by militants from Gaza's ruling Hamas and injured several people.

Haaretz reported that a rocket had hit a home in Sderot as the family hid in a bomb shelter.

Meanwhile, the Israeli navy prevented Palestinian fishermen from sailing, and closed both Karm Abu Salem, a terminal used for trade, and Beit Hanoun that is used by officials to visit the Gaza Strip, and for humanitarian cases.

The recognition is expected to come as a boost to Netanyahu, who is running for re-election in Israel's presidential elections next month.

The Israeli Prime Minister took most of his time to expound on the important promises made and promises fulfilled by Trump, including moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, ending the calamitous Nuclear Iran Deal and imposing severe and crippling sanctions on Iran, and now recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the strategic Golan Heights.

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