Netanyahu leaving US early after rocket attack outside Tel Aviv

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will cut short his visit to the United States after an early morning rocket launched from the Gaza Strip destroyed a house and injured seven people near Tel Aviv.

“There has been a criminal attack on the State of Israel and we will respond forcefully,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

“In a few hours I will meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE. I will return to Israel immediately afterward.”

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The Israeli leader was scheduled to spend four days in the U.S.

He had to cancel an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference and meetings with congressional leaders.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claimed Monday that the rocket was launched by Hamas.

"We can confirm that #Hamas is responsible for firing a homemade rocket," the IDF tweeted. "It flew a distance of 75 miles across Israel and then destroyed this home." 

Monday's missile launch comes little over a week after rockets were fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv.

The IDF launched strikes back, but tensions de-escalated when Gaza’s Hamas leaders said the rocket was fired accidentally, according to the AP.