Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System Intercepted Two Rockets Fired From Gaza; Sirens Prompted Netanyahu to be Removed from Campaign Rally Stage

  • The Israeli military announced on Tuesday night that two “rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.”
  • The fired rockets prompted emergency sirens to go off, which disrupted a campaign rally that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was attending.
  • As he was “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.”
  • Additionally, the rocket alerts “sounded in Ashkelon, another large population center in southern Israel.”
  • The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that “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 army also announced “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 stated that “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.”
  • Netanyahu previously “held security consultations with senior defense establishment officials after rockets were fired toward Israel.”
  • This attack was the latest move “in developing tensions on Israel’s border with both Gaza and Lebanon, as the country enters the final week of its redux election campaign.”

Reference Links

  • Haaretz: Netanyahu Taken Off Stage in Campaign Rally Following Gaza Rocket Attack READ
  • AP: The Latest: Israel says it intercepted 2 rockets from Gaza READ        
  • Fox: Netanyahu whisked offstage at campaign rally after rockets fired from Gaza Strip READ

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