Netanyahu rushed out of rally as Iron Dome intercepts Gaza rockets

Israeli officials announced that two rockets from Gaza targeted Israel, forcing the prime minister to leave a campaign event in the south.

By World Israel News Staff

Israel’s Iron Dome defense system downed incoming rockets launched by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza on Tuesday night.

The rockets’ trajectory prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to evacuate a campaign event in Ashdod.

A second rocket landed near Ashkelon, whose mayor Tomer Glam ordered all bomb shelters opened for residents of the city.

In Ashdod, the rocket siren wailed in the middle of Netanyahu’s address, after which the prime minister reportedly urged audience members to “quietly leave the area.”

In Ashkelon, a campaign event by the Blue and White party was also interrupted by the Palestinian rocket fire. The party’s Gabi Ashkenazi was the main speaker at the Ashkelon event.

Palestinian terrorists fired the rockets just hours after Netanyahu announced that he would extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley if he commands a “mandate” in next week’s national elections.

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Israel holds the Hamas terror group responsible for all rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Following the rocket attack on Tuesday, Hamas forces evacuated posts throughout Gaza in anticipation of a retaliatory Israeli strike, reported Times of Israel.