Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed off stage at a campaign rally after a rocket was launched towards the Israeli city where he was speaking


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed from the stage at a campaign rally Tuesday after rocket sirens began blaring overhead.
Video shows Netanyahu’s security pushing him out of the auditorium in the Israeli city of Ashdod, which is located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the northern border of the Gaza Strip.
The Israel Defense Forces said the rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip. It retaliated by striking 15 targets in Gaza overnight.
The incident follows an announcement made earlier Tuesday, in which Netanyahu said Israel would annex portions of the West Bank if he is reelected.
Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in May, forcing Israel into unprecedented snap elections slated for September 17.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday was rushed off the stage during an election campaign rally after sirens began blaring indicating that a rocket had just been launched in the region.

In a video posted to Twitter by Kahn News reporter Amichai Stein, Netanyahu is seen being whisked away by his security detail during a campaign speech in the coastal city of Ashdod, which is located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the northern border of the Gaza Strip.

ISRAEL: 2 Rockets launched from Gaza towards Ashdod, Ashkelon: Israeli PM Netanyahu being evecuated from stage during an election rally in Ashdod, after sirens were heard (vid: Yechiel Iloz) pic.twitter.com/lCwdXygMT6

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) September 10, 2019

Rocket sirens begin blaring overhead as Netanyahu told crowds to evacuate the space.

In another clip posted by Stein, security guards direct Netanyahu out of the room as crowds chant “Bibi! Bibi,” an affectionate nickname often used by his supporters.

& another video of Netanyahu being evecuated (video: Yechiel Iloz) https://t.co/AZ73nbEI6g pic.twitter.com/AahNIQaIgf

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) September 10, 2019

Rocket sirens are common in communities which border the Gaza Strip, and many public event spaces and private homes in Israel have shelters used during apparent rocket scares.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a tweet on Tuesday night that the rocket had been launched from the Gaza Strip towards the cities of Ashdod and neighboring Ashkelon. It added that the rocket had been intercepted by the Iron Dome, Israel’s rocket defence system.

Netanyahu was unharmed. Shortly after the incident, he tweeted photos from the rally, along with the caption: “Residents of Ashdod, I love you!”

תושבות ותושבי אשדוד, אני אוהב אתכם! pic.twitter.com/kJkRz0PgNT

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) September 10, 2019

Hours later, the IDF said it responded to the missile launch with airstrikes on 15 targets in the Gaza Strip including what it claimed was a weapons manufacturing site and a Hamas “terror tunnel.”

Haaretz reported that Israel also carried out several airstrikes near the city of Deir al Balah in central Gaza, in addition to striking along the northern border.

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