Israel has deployed its two infantry brigades and armoured units to Gaza border, the country’s media outlets reported on Monday.
The reported deployment comes after the Israeli military accused Hamas of carrying out a rocket strike from the Gaza Strip earlier this day.
In a separate development on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he would cut his visit to the United States and return to Israel to take charge of a response to the attack from Gaza.
“In the light of the events related to the security, I have decided to shorten my visit to the United States. In a few hours I will meet with [US President Donald] Trump and immediately return to Israel to control our actions on the spot”, Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu is due to meet Trump at the White House for the expected signing of an order recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
His statement came after at least seven people, including children, were injured in the early hours of Monday by a Palestinian shell that hit a crowded residential neighbourhood in Israel.