Six wounded as rocket hits house in Israel

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Six people were wounded after a rocket fired from Gaza struck a home in central Israel on Monday.

According to media reports the sounds of air raid sirens woke up the residents of the residential Sharon area and a strong sound of an explosion followed.

Quoting the Israeli military  Al Jazeera reported that the  military had identified a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip and was investigating.

Police and medics said a home was hit and caught fire, and six people were wounded.

The incident in Mishmeret, an agricultural town north of Tel Aviv, came at a time of high tension ahead of the anniversary of Gaza border protests and an April 9 election campaign in Israel.

The attack also comes 10 days after rockets were fired towards Tel Aviv. Gaza’s Hamas leaders said they were fired accidently.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s incident. Explosions were heard in central Israel as air raid sirens wailed.

Israel’s ambulance service said it was treating six of the building’s occupants for wounds.

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

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