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Gaza militants launch rockets toward Israel after strike on Hamas chief's office

Gaza militants launch rockets toward Israel after strike on Hamas chief's office

He said he would meet with President Donald Trump in the coming hours and then fly back immediately.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to respond to the attack with force.

"Egyptian efforts succeeded with a ceasefire between the occupation and the resistance factions", Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

Netanyahu, now in Washington, said he would return home after meeting US President Donald Trump later Monday, cancelling an address to pro-Israel lobby AIPAC's annual conference on Tuesday.

Israel's military says it has started striking Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket hit a house and injured seven people.

A Palestinian journalist was acquitted on appeal over an investigative report about corruption in the Gaza Strip Monday, according to Amnesty International and a campaign group.

Breaking with longstanding worldwide consensus, Trump said last week the United States should recognize Israeli sovereignty there.

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

Several airstrikes rocked Gaza, including an explosion that destroyed the office of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

Ambulances were on the scene, but there had four small warning explosions prior to the largest one that flattened the building that may have allowed people to get out of the area. There was no immediate information about any damage caused by rockets in Israel following the rocket alarm, Reuters reported.

TRT World's Abubakr al Shamahi brings the latest from Gaza.

Israel mounted air strikes on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza and deployed extra troops to the border on Monday in response to the longest-range Hamas rocket attack to cause casualties in years.

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It hit a house located in the community of Mishmeret, around 20 km north of Tel Aviv, police said.

The rocket would have had to travel some 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Rafah to hit there.

Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad denied they were behind the March 14 rocket fire towards Tel Aviv, raising the possibility they were launched by fringe groups.

An earlier barrage from Gaza, which sent thousands of Israelis running to bomb shelters, came shortly before the ceasefire statement.

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"Today's firing of a rocket from Gaza towards Israel is a serious and unacceptable violation".

Residents of the Israeli communities closer to Gaza were told to remain within close distance of their bomb shelters and other protected spaces. "We continue to work with Egypt and all concerned parties to try to de-escalate the situation".

According to reports in the Israeli press, in this meeting the United States president will sign the presidential order to formalize his country's recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights.

"This decision is completely null and void for Turkey and for responsible members of the global community that attach importance to the territorial integrity of Syria and of all the countries in the region".

He said that a ceasefire in the face of continued rocket attacks, "violates Israel's commitment to its citizens".

Netanyahu placed Trump in the pantheon of great non-Jewish leaders who have protected the Jewish people, such as Cyrus the Great, Lord Balfour and Harry S Truman, thanking him profusely for his great friendship to the Jewish State.