Israel says Gaza rocket that levelled Beersheva home was fired by accident
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Israel says Gaza rocket that levelled Beersheva home was fired by accident

Security Cabinet didn't launch military response after intelligence determined that rockets were fired due to a lightning storm

Scene of Miri Tamano's destroyed house after the Gaza rocket. Credit: Zionist Federation UK on Twitter
Scene of Miri Tamano's destroyed house after the Gaza rocket. Credit: Zionist Federation UK on Twitter

A rocket fired last week from Gaza that levelled a home in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva was fired due to a malfunction caused by a lightning storm.

Ynet reported Tuesday that Israel’s Security Cabinet decided against launching a military operation in Gaza after Israeli intelligence determined that the rockets were fired accidentally.

“We acted very responsibly,” an unnamed government minister told Ynet. “It wasn’t right to go to war because of the weather.”

The minister also said that there was indication that Hamas and Islamic Jihad were embarrassed by the incident and even exchanged accusations before realising the rocket launches were the result of a malfunction.

Israel did retaliate for the rockets strikes hours after they occurred, striking 20 Hamas military targets shortly after the early Wednesday morning attack. The Security Cabinet did not meet about the rockets until later in the day, on Wednesday evening.

The single mother of three who lived in the house got her children in a protected safe room a moment before the rocket landed.

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