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ROCKETS fired from the Gaza strip forced Benjamin Netanyahu to be hustled from a stage during an election rally.
The Israeli Prime Minister was speaking at a general election campaign event in Ashkelon when sirens blared out across the southern port city.
BY The Sun, December 26, 2019
The Iron Dome anti-missile system fires intercepts rockets launched from Gaza above Ashkelon
The Prime Minister his wife Sara were escorted to a shelter nearby but he later returned to the stage and continued his address.
The Israeli military said its air defence system, known as Iron Dome, intercepted the rockets and there were no reports of casualties.
A similar incident happened in September when Netanyahu was in the nearby city of Ashdod.
He was campaigning then for the second general Israeli election of the year, which ended in stalemate forcing a third ballot.
That was believed to have triggered Israel’s targeted killing of a senior commander in the Islamic Jihad in November.
Israel and Gaza militants had their worst round of fighting in months as a result.
In his speech at the Ashkelon event, he referenced the killing of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.
“He who fired [rockets] last time isn’t with us anymore,” Netanyahu said.
FORCED TO TAKE SHELTER
“And he who fired now, better start packing his belongings. This isn’t an attack on me or on Ashkelon, it’s not that.
“These are recurring attacks on our communities, and they think that we won’t hurt them or that we’ll break down.”
Netanyahu is widely expected to retain the leadership of his Likud party but his standing has been dented by an indictment on corruption charges that he denies.
His failure to stem attacks from Gaza has been invoked by his political rivals, including former military chief Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party.
Mr Gantz, who is the main threat to Netanyahu, said the attacks were something “no sovereign country can accept”
“The situation in which Israeli citizens live at the mercy of terrorists and the prime minister of Israel is unable to tour parts of his country is a badge of shame,” he said.
No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack.
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