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Israel strikes Hamas after Gaza rocket attack

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JERUSALEM — Israel’s military says it has started striking Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket hit a house in central Israel earlier in the day, wounding seven people.

The military said Monday that Israeli forces “started striking Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip.”

The barrage begins as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House.

Local authorities in southern Israel had started readying bomb shelters Monday ahead of possible hostilities.

Monday’s rocket was the second launched toward central Israel in recent weeks, and prompted Netanyahu to cut his Washington trip short.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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