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By Reuters and Associated Press

MISHMERET, Israel — The Israeli military said it was reinforcing troops along the border with the Gaza Strip and calling up reserves after a rocket attack on an Israeli home wounded seven people.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would cut short his trip to the United States after news of the rocket strike on Mishmeret, an agricultural town north of Tel Aviv.

In Mishmeret one house was completely destroyed, and at least one other house and cars were left badly damaged.

Israel’s Magen David Adom ambulance service said it was treating seven people, including an infant, a 3-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and a 60-year-old woman who was suffering from blast injuries, burns and shrapnel wounds.

Shoes inside a car near a house hit by a rocket in Mishmeret.Ariel Schalit / AP

The strike came minutes after the Israeli military activated air raid sirens in the area and said one rocket had been launched out of the Gaza Strip, a coastal territory 50 miles away where Hamas and other factions possess such weapons.

Smadar Castelnovo, a Mishmeret resident who lives opposite the destroyed house, said they were woken up shortly after 5 a.m.

“We heard the siren and we didn’t think it was anything, but my daughter made us go into the reinforced room,” said Castelnovo, still in her pajamas.

“My daughter was upset because we had left the dog out. We went out to get the dog and as soon as we went back in there was a very loud boom.”

Police sealed off streets, and emergency services were working at the scene, as Israeli politicians visited to talk to media crews.

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