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Netanyahu Evacuated From Rally After Rocket Fired

He was speaking at rally 8 miles north of Gaza
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2019 5:06 AM CST
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaks during a press conference following the killing of a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza by Israel, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.   (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

(Newser) – For the second time in less than four months, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to be rushed off stage at a campaign event Wednesday after a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu and dozens of supporters at the rally in Ashkelon, eight miles north of the border, were evacuated to a bomb shelter for around 15 minutes, the Times of Israel reports. Whoever fired the rocket should "pack his bags," Netanyahu said when the rally resumed.

The Israeli military says the rocket was shot down by an "Iron Dome" air defense interceptor and targets in Gaza were bombed overnight in retaliation, reports the Guardian. No Palestinian group claimed responsibility. Netanyahu, who was charged with corruption last month, is expected to retain leadership of the Likud Party in an internal election Thursday. (Read more Israel stories.)

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