A Hamas official denied Israel's accusation that it was behind Monday's rocket strike north of Tel Aviv which wounded seven Israelis and led Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to vow a strong response.
"No one from the resistance movements, including Hamas, has an interest in firing rockets from the Gaza Strip towards the enemy," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity, evoking the possibility that it may have been caused by "bad weather".
It hit a house located in the community of Mishmeret, around 20 kilometres north of Tel Aviv, police said.
The rocket would have had to travel some 120 kilometres from Rafah to hit the house.
Rocket fire from Gaza at that distance is rare.
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