UPDATED 8:07 AM PT — Monday, March 25, 2019
Two long-range rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit the central Israel Sunday, destroying a home and injuring at least six people. Emergency responders said none of those injuries are life threatening.
The hit took place minutes after sirens went off in the rural town north of Tel Aviv.
The attack comes as tensions are high between Israel and Gaza as the one-year anniversary of border protests approaches and as elections are drawing near.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently in the U.S. to speak at AIPAC, but the Israeli leader said he will now return home after meeting with President Trump.
“This was a heinous attack on the State of Israel and we will respond strongly,” stated Netanyahu. “In light of the security events, I have decided to cut short my visit to the United States — in a few hours, I will meet President Trump and immediately after that I will return to Israel to direct our actions close-hand.”
This is the first successful attack since a 2014 war. Israel’s military said they are boosting reinforcements along the Gaza border and are calling up reserve troops.
Additionally, officials said Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers are behind the rocket attack.