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Israel likely to respond to long-range rocket attack with airstrikes on Gaza, but ground operations unlikely

25 March 2019
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A J80 rocket was fired from Rafah in Gaza in the early morning of 25 March. The rocket hit a house in Mishmeret, central Israel - 80 kilometres from Gaza, destroying it and injuring seven civilians. It is highly likely that members of Hamas were responsible for the rocket launch; a Hamas official subsequently claimed that the launch had been accidental and that Hamas are investigating. Although air-raid sirens were sounded, the Iron Dome missile defence system was not activated. This is the longest-range rocket attack from Gaza since the 2014 war, and comes 10 days after rocket fire in the direction of Tel Aviv, later accepted as accidental by Israel.

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