Israel launches military strike on Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire

The Israel Defense Forces launched a military strike on Hamas Monday after an early morning rocket launched from the Gaza Strip destroyed a house and injured seven people near Tel Aviv.

"We have just started striking Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip," the IDF wrote on their official Twitter account.

The Israeli military had claimed earlier Monday that the rocket was launched by Hamas.

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"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 in retaliation, but tensions were temporarily cooled when Hamas leaders said the rocket was fired accidentally, according to The Associated Press.

The rocket sent Monday made Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut his visit to the U.S. short. He will be returning to Israel Monday afternoon after finishing talks with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE.

"Israel will not tolerate this, I will not tolerate this," Netanyahu said at the White House Monday while speaking alongside Trump.

"Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression. I have a simple message to Israel's enemies: We will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our state."