Rocket fired from Gaza hits house in Israel, wounding six people | World news

A suspected rocket attack from Gaza has destroyed a house in central Israel wounding six people, an Israeli rescue service said.

The sound of air raid sirens woke up residents in Mishmeret, an agricultural town north of Tel Aviv, in the early hours of Monday and a strong sound of an explosion followed.

The Israeli military said it identified a rocket fired from Gaza and was investigating.

Magen David Adom rescue service said it was treating six people after a house was struck. It said a 50-year-old woman was wounded and the others, including an infant, were slightly injured.

The attack comes 10 days after rockets were fired toward Israel’s densely populated commercial capital of Tel Aviv. The Israeli military struck back hard in Gaza and the sides appeared to be hurtling toward another confrontation. But Gaza’s Hamas leaders said the rocket was fired accidentally and calm was quickly restored.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s incident.

Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group that is opposed to the state of Israel. The territory is home to other militant groups, including Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed armed organisation that also has a formidable rocket arsenal.

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