Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket sirens force Netanyahu off election rally stage

September 11, 2019

Bodyguards bundle Israeli PM away at Ashdod rally

Middle East Eye reports:

Israeli warplanes struck the Gaza Strip on Wednesday hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election rally in Israel.

The Israeli military said 15 targets were hit, including a weapons manufacturing facility, a naval compound used by militants and tunnels belonging to Hamas, which governs the besieged enclave.  There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Tuesday’s rocket attack happened shortly after Netanyahu announced a plan to annex part of the occupied West Bank if re-elected in a general election on 17 September.  Bodyguards rushed the prime minister to shelter in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod when the sirens sounded during Tuesday evening’s rally.

Netanyahu was unhurt and several minutes later he continued his speech, which was broadcast live on social media by his right-wing Likud party.

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