Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed a forceful response to this morning's firing of a rocket from the Gaza Strip at central Israel, which struck a home and injured at least 7 people, one of them moderately.
Around 5:20 a.m., siren alerts sounded in communities throughout the Sharon region. The rocket directly hit a home in Moshav Mishmeret, causing a fire and heavy damage. A woman in her 60s was moderately hurt, her husband was lightly hurt. A couple and their two young children were also lightly hurt, as was a 12-year-old girl.
The moderately injured woman was taken to Beilinson hospital in Petach Tikva. The rest were taken to Meir hospital in Kfar Saba.
IDF spokesman Brigadier General Ronen Manelis told reporters in a briefing that the rocket was fired from the area of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. According to the IDF, it was manufactured by Hamas and launched from a Hamas position. In the wake of the incident, IDF forces and tanks were deployed to the south; reservists in the Iron Dome rocket defense batteries were also called up. The rocket firing came a week and a half after a Gaza rocket was fired at Tel Aviv, in what the IDF described as  erroneous.