Netanyahu quits Israel election rally as rocket alert sounds

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chats with party members after delivering a statement in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Reuters)
Updated 10 September 2019
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Netanyahu quits Israel election rally as rocket alert sounds

  • KAN 11 broadcast footage of Netanyahu’s security detail closing in around him as he was speaking from the podium
  • One of them whispered in his ear before the premier raised a hand in farewell and was hustled from the building

JERUSALEM: Sirens warning of rocket fire from Gaza cut short an election rally by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the southern city of Ashkelon late Tuesday, public television reported.
KAN 11 broadcast footage of Netanyahu’s security detail closing in around him as he was speaking from the podium.
One of them whispered in his ear before the premier raised a hand in farewell and was hustled from the building.
The Israel army said in a brief statement that sirens had sounded in Ashkelon and the port city of Ashdod, but it did not elaborate.
There were no immediate reports of rockets falling in any urban area.
The incident came less than three hours after Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls.


Nine suspected militants killed in Egypt: ministry

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Nine suspected militants killed in Egypt: ministry

  • Police raids in Cairo targeted hideouts of “terrorist elements”
  • Those killed included “a commander of the Liwa Al-Thawra” extremist group

CAIRO: Nine suspected extremists including a commander have been killed in shootouts with police in suburbs of the Egyptian capital, the interior ministry said Wednesday.
Police raids to the east and south of Cairo targeted hideouts of “terrorist elements,” it said in a statement.
Those killed included “a commander of the Liwa Al-Thawra” extremist group, it added.
The Liwa Al-Thawra movement appeared in 2016 and has since claimed deadly attacks against the police and the Egyptian army.
Almost nine years after the 2011 uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, security remains a chief concern in Egypt.
Hundreds of security personnel have died in an escalation of attacks since the military overthrow of Islamist president Muhammad Mursi in 2013.
That ouster was led by then army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who became president after 2014 polls and secured re-election last year with an official 97 percent of the vote.
In February 2018, the army launched a nationwide offensive against extremists, focused mainly on North Sinai, where the Daesh extremist group has a significant presence.
The authorities say some 650 suspected extremists and around 50 soldiers have been killed since.