Israel has carried out strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after a rocket hit a house north of Tel Aviv.

The Israel Defense Forces said the office of Hamas's political leader and the group's military intelligence headquarters were among the targets.

Gaza's health ministry said seven people were injured in the strikes.

The IDF earlier blamed Hamas, which controls Gaza, for the launch of the rocket that hit the Israeli community of Mishmeret, injuring seven people.

"Israel will not tolerate this, I will not tolerate this," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters during a ceremony in Washington at which US President Donald Trump formally recognised Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

"Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression," Mr Netanyahu added.

Mr Trump denounced the attack as "despicable" and said the US "recognises Israel's absolute right to defend itself".

So far no Palestinian militant group has said it fired the rocket. One unnamed Hamas official said it had "no interest" in doing so.

What happened on Monday morning?

A rocket launched from the Rafah area in southern Gaza hit a house in Mishmeret, about 120km (75 miles) to the north, causing severe damage to the building and setting it on fire.

The Israeli ambulance service treated two women who were moderately wounded and five other people, including an infant, a three-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, who had minor wounds.

The house belonged to Robert and Susan Wolf, two British-Israeli dual nationals, who had been at home with their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

"I nearly lost my family. If we had not got to the bomb shelter in time I would now be burying all my family," Mr Wolf told reporters.

The blast also caused damage to at least one nearby home and several vehicles.

It was the furthest a rocket has reached in Israel since the 2014 conflict in Gaza.

IDF spokeswoman Major Mika Lifshitz said Hamas - which has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and is designated a terrorist group by Israel, the US, EU and UK - was to blame for the launch.

"It's a Hamas rocket, itself made by Hamas," she said. "It has an ability to reach more than 120km."

"We see Hamas as responsible for all that happens in the Gaza Strip," she added.

What has Israel struck in response?

Palestinian security sources, media outlets and witnesses said there were strikes across Gaza on Monday evening.

The IDF and Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV said the office of Hamas political leader Ismail Haniya in Gaza City's Rimal district was bombed. It was not clear whether he was inside at the time.

The IDF also said its fighter jets targeted the offices of Hamas' Internal Security Service, as well as a three-storey building in the Sabra district in eastern Gaza City that served as the "secret headquarters" of Hamas's General Security Forces, and its General Intelligence and Military Intelligence agencies.

The official Palestinian news agency meanwhile reported that Israeli jets fired missiles at two locations in central Gaza City and in the eastern Shujaiya district.

At 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT), the IDF reported "air-raid sirens sounding across southern Israel", while a reporter for news agency AFP said they saw "around 10 rockets" fire in quick succession.

But by 22:00 local time (20:00 GMT), Hamas officials were telling news agency a ceasefire had been reached with the help of Egyptian mediators. Israel is yet to comment on these claims.

A spokesman for the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry, Ashraf al-Qudra, said on Twitter that seven people were injured, including three in northern Gaza.

Before launching the strikes, the IDF deployed two additional brigades to southern Israel and began what it called a "very limited" call-up of reservists.

Israeli authorities also closed roads near the boundary fence with Gaza, suspended agricultural work in the area, postponed major events in the southern coastal town of Ashkelon, and opened bomb shelters.

 

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Traffic Directorate in Garamian announced that all roads leading to the bridge "Daradwin" blocked due to water and floods.

The Directorate of Traffic of Gramian in a warning to the drivers announced that the Directorate warns drivers in the road "Kalar - Sulaymaniyah" that all roads leading to the bridge "Daradwin" had been cut by the floods.

The Directorate added that the bridge had been damaged by the flooding.

A delegation of the Political Council of the Kurdistan Islamic Union, composed of Khalil Ibrahim, head of the Political Council, Mohammad Haoudiani, the official of the Islamic Union Relations, and Magdid Hormesyar, a member of the Relations Office, visited the Consulate of the State of Kuwait in Erbil and were received by Omar Al-Kandari, the Kuwaiti consul.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the latest political developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the region. For his part, the Kuwaiti Consul expressed his joy at the visit and praised the civil and peaceful role of the Kurdistan Islamic Union in stabilizing the political situation.

U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights on Monday.

Trump signed a presidential proclamation sealing the move while meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, saying the contested territory is "a potential launching ground for attacks against Israel." 

"Any possible future peace agreement must account for Israel's need to defend itself from Syria, Iran and other regional threats," he said.

Momentum has been building in Washington for the U.S. to recognize Israel's claim to the Syrian territory, and the State Department earlier this month prompted questions about the matter when it changed its terminology for the first time on the Golan Heights, referring to it as "Israeli-controlled" instead of its former designation of "Israeli-occupied."

Israel has long lobbied the U.S. to recognize its claim over the Golan, but all past administrations refused to heed the calls.

Netanyahu, who is facing tough parliamentary elections in early April, profusely thanked Trump for signing the proclamation, calling it a "historic day" that caps Israel's victories in the 1967 Six Day and 1973 Yom Kippur wars. 

“While Israel won those two wars, we would have to wait nearly half a century until this moment here in this room to translate our military victory into a diplomatic victory,” Netanyahu said. 

Israel occupies roughly two-thirds of the wider Golan Heights as a result of the 1967 conflict. It moved to formally annex the territory in 1981 -- an action unanimously rejected at the time by the UN Security Council. 

Security Council Resolution 497 says the "Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect".

It further demanded Israel rescind its decision.

The UN said the status of the Golan Heights remains unchanged, and is occupied under international law, following Trump's declaration.

"The UN's policy on Golan is reflected in the relevant UN resolutions of the Security Council," spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. 

At least 18 people were killed and around 100 others were wounded in flash floods in Iran’s southern province of Fars, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, following devastating floods in the north. 

State TV said several provinces were also on high alert for more imminent flooding because of heavy rain. The meteorology department warned people about rain forecast for the coming days, state radio reported, urging them to avoid any trips.

As the victims of the northern Iran flood struggled with the water and mud, President Hassan Rouhani’s hardline rivals have criticized his government for doing too little, too late.

Iran’s hardline judiciary said on Sunday the government’s handling of the disaster was being investigated, the judiciary’s Mizan news agency reported.

“Any shortcomings regarding the handling of the floods, failure to provide relief and aid to the survivors will be investigated,” it quoted judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as saying.

Hardline cleric Raisi lost the 2017 presidential election, when Rouhani was re-elected.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported on Monday that Rouhani has returned to Tehran from Iran’s Qeshm Island in the Gulf, where he had been spending the Iranian new year holiday.

He was criticized by Iranians on social media for being in the south when flooding was hitting the north of the country.

In a rare move, Iran’s top authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on the armed forces to help the flood-hit northern provinces.

Iran’s hardline media have accused the government reacting too slowly to the floods, while highlighting aid work by the Revolutionary Guards - a rival power center in Iran’s faction-ridden political establishment.

 

Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri fired the governor of Golestan province, according to Tasnim, for not cutting short his trip abroad during the floods.

The spread of flooding to the south follows days of floods that affected more than 56,000 people living in 270 villages and small towns in the northern provinces of Golestan and Mazandaran, on the Caspian Sea, since March 19, TV reported.

In Shiraz, in the south, Tasnim quoted the head of Iran’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Kolivand, as saying 18 people had been killing, including four children. Some 94 were injured in the city in Fars province.

TV aired footage of cars caught in flood waters in Shiraz. Iran’s Students News Agency ISNA said high water had damaged thousands of houses in Shiraz and other towns.

“We all are going to die. Pray for us. We are all going to die. Mother, we all are going to die,” said a woman in a bus caught in the floods in Shiraz, according to a video posted on Twitter.

Fars Governor Enayatollah Rahimi told state TV the flooding was under control and rescue and aid workers had been dispatched to the flood-hit areas.

Kolivand later said one other person was also killed in Sarpol-e Zahab in the western province of Kermanshah.

Authorities also have warned about possibility of floods in the capital, Tehran, as well as in the oil-rich southern province of Khuzestan in the next 48 hours.

The Directorate of Tourism in Sulaymaniyah, on Sunday, announced the entry of 115 thousand tourists to the province during the days of Nowruz, indicating that among them 10 thousand Iranians.

"The 115,000 tourists arrived in the province of Sulaymaniyah until Saturday," said the official of the media, Aram Shwani .

"The increase in the number of tourists to Sulaymaniyah was caused by the new planning and coordination with 200 companies during the forum held last month ," Shwani added.

He explained that "the number of tourists from Iran rose to 10 thousand tourists during the days of Nowruz, after the abolition of fees," pointing out that "8 thousand tourists arrived in the Kurdistan region during the same period last year."

The Patriotic Union and the Kurdistan Democratic Party announced the success of their meeting on the formation of the new government in the Kurdistan region.

A joint statement by the two parties after their meeting said that the meeting was fruitful and has good results in the framework of the political agreement signed between the two parties.

Adding that a serious dialogue had been initiated within the framework of the political agreement signed between the two parties. Today, in the details of the joint work, good steps have been taken and a further meeting is scheduled for this week between the two parties and preparations for the success of the dialogue process and reaching an agreement.

On Sunday, the Passport Directorate in Halabja province was formally opened.

The Governor of Halabja Azad Tawfiq told a news conference, "The opening of new directorate in the province increases the burden on us to provide the best services to citizens."

Directorate of Meteorology and seismic monitoring, on Sunday, said it is likely that the Kurdistan region will continue to face a wave of snow and rain during the next 48 hours.

The Directorate said in a statement that the rain will continue in the cities and towns of the Kurdistan region during the next 48 hours, pointing out that the snow will fall in the mountainous areas.

The lowest temperature in the region was 7 degrees Celsius in Sulaymaniyah and Dahuk, while the highest temperature in Kirkuk was 20 degrees Celsius, it said.

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