Israeli aircraft strike Gaza

epa06331571 An Israeli agricultural plane hovers over an Israeli Air Force Iron Dome battery, located near the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, near the border with Gaza Strip, 15 November 2017. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 14 November 2017 that it is setting up an unspecified number of Iron Dome anti-missile batteries across the country due to tensions with the Islamic Jihad movement. EPA-EFE/ATEF SAFADI

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Israeli aircraft struck in Gaza on Wednesday hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election rally in Israel.

The Israeli military said 15 targets were hit, including a weapons manufacturing facility, a naval compound used by militants and tunnels belonging to Hamas, the dominant armed force in Gaza.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Hours earlier, bodyguards rushed Netanyahu to shelter in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod when the sirens sounded during a Tuesday evening rally, a week ahead of a general election.

Netanyahu was unhurt and several minutes later he continued his speech, which was broadcast live on social media by his right-wing Likud party.

The Israeli military said two rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip towards Ashdod and another port city, Ashkelon, just to the south, and were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

It said Wednesday’s strikes in Gaza came in response to the rocket shootings.

There was no immediately claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s rocket attack, which happened shortly after Netanyahu announced a plan to annex part of the occupied West Bank if re-elected in the national ballot on Sept. 17.


Via Reuters

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