Terrorist Rocket Forces Bibi Offstage

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As Israel heads toward her third elections in a year, a troubling occurrence happened for the second time during this same period — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s safety was threatened by a terrorist rocket launched as he campaigned. The Jerusalem Post’s Tzvi Joffre reports that the IDF has struck Hamas targets in Gaza after a rocket launched from the Strip forced PM Netanyahu to evacuate a rally in southern Israel:

IDF fighter jets and helicopters attacked several Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip, including the organization’s military complexes, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said on Thursday. The attack was in response to rocket fire from Gaza at Israel on Wednesday night. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was holding an event in Ashkelon as the rocket sirens went off.

The IDF stressed that “Hamas is responsible for everything occurring in and out of the Gaza Strip and it will bear the consequences for actions against Israeli citizens.”

On Wednesday evening, one rocket was fired into Israel and successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome system causing rocket sirens to blast in Ashkelon and areas north of the city.

Sirens were heard in Ashkelon, Emunim, Sde Oziahu, Azrikim, Beer Ganim, Berachia, Hodaya, Nitzanim, Nir Yisrael and Beer Tuviah.

Netanyahu was taken off stage to a shelter as the sirens were sounded and Culture Minister Miri Regev took the stage in his place. Multiple other Likud officials who were at the event were not brought to a shelter. Netanyahu returned to the stage shortly afterwards…

Tags: Benjamin Netanyahu Hamas IDF Israel Jerusalem Post politics Rocket Attacks Terrorism Tzvi Joffre

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