Benjamin Netanyahu evacuated after announcing plan to annex section of West Bank

Benjamin Netanyahu evacuated after announcing plan to annex section of West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was evacuated during a speech due to air-raid sirens, moments after announcing a plan to annex Jordan Valley in the West Bank if he is re-elected, ABC News reported.

Bodyguards rushed Mr Netanyahu off the stage at an election campaign rally in southern Israel on Tuesday (local time) after sirens sounded warning of a rocket attack.

Two rockets were fired from Gaza towards the Israeli port cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod, but were intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system, according to a tweet by the Israel Defence Forces.

Mr Netanyahu was unhurt and was able to continue his speech several minutes later. However, the incident added fuel to accusations by political opponents that he has not done enough to halt frequent cross-border rocket strikes against southern Israel.

The attack was launched shortly after Mr Netanyahu announced his intention to annex Jordan Valley, a large swathe of the occupied West Bank, if he wins in the September 17 national election.

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