Israel Strikes Gaza After Border Bombs

Benny Gantz, who is posing a stiff challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections, said Monday he would not hesitate to use force on Iran to contain the regional rival.

Trump called the attack on Tel Aviv "despicable" and said that the United States "recognises Israel's absolute right to defend itself", describing the alliance between the usa and Israel as "unbreakable".

The border along Israel and Gaza recently marked one year of continued border protests.

The residents of the Sharon village home, including a 60-year-old woman, were taken to the hospital suffering from blast injuries, burns and shrapnel wounds, Israel's emergency medical services Magen David Adom said on Twitter.

Israeli media reported that flights to and from Israel's main worldwide airport were diverted from their normal flight paths, and train services to several southern cities near the Gaza Strip have been cancelled.

Hamas's interior security office in Gaza City was also hit.

One of the wounded was a six-month-old child and six of them were members of the same family.

The Monday incident comes less than two weeks after two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv, the first time rockets had been fired at central Israel in nearly five years. He said he had been briefed by the heads of Israeli security and that he would return to conduct Israel's response.

Israel shut down its main crossings into Gaza and imposed restrictions on fishing off the Gaza coast.

Two rockets were launched towardsTel Aviv on 14 March but caused no casualties or damage, Israel said.

The rocket attack coincided with tension ahead of the March 30 anniversary of the start of weekly Gaza protests at the frontier in which some 200 Gazans have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli fire.

"Their leaders should be aware that we will respond with force against their aggression", it said in a statement, without commenting on who may have been responsible for the rocket. No Hamas official claimed responsibility for the rocket attack and one official said it had "no interest" in doing so.

The flare-up comes at a highly sensitive time for Israel, which holds elections on April 9.

The air strikes in Gaza come hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit a house in Tel Aviv.

Gaza is home to 2 million Palestinians, a lot of them descendants of people who fled or were driven from homes in Israel when it was founded in 1948.

According to reports in the Israeli press, in this meeting the U.S. president will sign the presidential order to formalize his country's recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Witnesses reported seeing Hamas evacuating its personnel from government premises.

It was the first time the city had been targeted since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

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