IDF sends reinforcements to southern Israel

IDF calls up reservists, moves two brigades south, after rocket hits family home, wounding seven.

Kobi Finkler ,

Rocket damages Mishmeret home
Rocket damages Mishmeret home
Hezki Baruch

IDF spokesperson Brigadier Ronen Manelis on Monday morning told journalists that the rocket fired at the Sharon region was fired from near Rafah, in southern Gaza.

Rafah is 120 kilometers (approximately 75 miles) away from MIshmeret, where the rocket hit a family home, injuring seven people.

"This is a serious event, and involved a direct hit to a home. This Hamas rocket was homemade, and it was fired from Hamas' post in the Rafah area," he said. "Wee see Hamas as responsible for everything which occurs in Gaza and which emanates from it.

Manelis also explained that the rocket was not intercepted because there is no Iron Dome battery in the area, since it was not expected that a rocket would be fired towards the Sharon.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi held a meeting with the heads of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Operational Directorate, Israel Air Force chief, and Shabak (Israel Security Agency), he added.

"Due to the security assessment led by the Chief of Staff, we are currently bringing two brigades who were training and a the division commander for the Southern Command. We are calling in some reservists, for specific tasks. We are prepared for a wide variety of situations."