The IDF military spokesman, Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, has announced that the rocket fired at the center of Israel this morning was launched by the terrorist organization Hamas. “We are deploying a number of reserve soldiers and have mobilized two brigades to the south,” Manelis said. The spokesman added that the missile was not intercepted because there were no anti-missile Iron Dome batteries protecting that area, which are deployed according to state of affairs assessments.
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has conducted security assessments from Washington with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kohavi, General Security Service (Shabak) Director Nadav Argaman, National Security Council Chief Meir Ben-Shabat and other senior defense officials.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ziad al Nahla has stated that “We warned Israel against carrying out any kind of aggression on Gaza. The Israeli leadership must know that we will respond forcefully to such aggression.
A rocket launched from Gaza struck a house in the Mishmeret community in central Israel this morning, injuring at least seven people, including two children, and completely demolishing the building.
The attack ignited anti-aircraft sirens around 5:20 a.m. on the Sharon plain and in the Emek Hefer area north of Tel Aviv, IDF sources said.
The rocket was launched apparently from Rafah in southern Gaza approximately 100 kilometers from Mismeret.
“The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Lieutenant General Kamil Abu Rukun, announced the closure of the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings, as well as the reduction of the fishing zone in the Gaza Strip, until further notice,” reported COGAT, the Ministry of Defense’s liaison agency with the Palestinians.