Netanyahu Rushed Off Stage at Election Rally During Gaza Rocket Attack
Two rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system Tuesday night, after sirens interrupted a campaign rally attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Haaretz reports.
Speaking before hundreds of supporters in the port city of Ashdod ahead of Israel's election next Tuesday, Netanyahu was taken off the stage moments after the sirens began. Rocket alerts also sounded in Ashkelon, another large population center in southern Israel.
In response, Israeli aircraft struck some 15 Hamas 'terror targets' in the northern and central Gaza Strip, including military infrastructures meant to manufacture weapons, several locations in the organization's naval compound and a terror tunnel, the Israel Defense Forces said overnight Tuesday.
The army added it would continue to act against any attempt to harm Israel's citizens and views the Hamas terror organization accountable for everything that takes place in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinians said Israel had carried out several airstrikes near the city of Deir al Balah in central Gaza, in addition to striking in the northern coastal enclave.