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Gaza rocket forces Israeli PM Netanyahu off stage at election rally

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was taken off the stage at an election rally after a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli city of Ashkelon.

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Jerusalem Published on: December 26, 2019 7:16 IST
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Gaza rocket forces Israeli PM Netanyahu off stage at election rally

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was taken off the stage at an election rally after a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli city of Ashkelon. A military spokesperson said in a statement that the rocket triggered warning sirens in the city of Ashkelon on Wednesday and the area before Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted it, Xinhua reported.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The rocket was fired as Netanyahu was speaking in an event a day before his Likud party's leadership primary. Video footage emerged on social networks, showing security personnel escorting Netanyahu and his wife off the stage.

Local media reported that the two were rushed to a protected area.

In September, Netanyahu was taken off the stage at a conference in the southern city of Ashdod while a rocket from Gaza triggered sirens in the city.

Israeli media widely referred to the incident as one of the triggers to the Israeli "Black Belt" military operation in November, during which a senior Islamic Jihad commander, Baha Abu al-Atta, was killed in Gaza. His killing sparked two-day fights that claimed the lives of at least 34 Palestinians in Gaza.

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