Israel hits Gaza after rockets disrupt Netanyahu rally

Israeli fighter jets “hit 15 terrorist targets in the north and center of the Gaza Strip,” the army said. (File/AFP)
Updated 11 September 2019

Israel hits Gaza after rockets disrupt Netanyahu rally

  • Netanyahu was hustled off stage when sirens warning of incoming rockets blared in the southern city of Ashdod late Tuesday
  • It came just hours after the premier pledged to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected

JERUSALEM: Israel bombed Hamas positions in Gaza overnight in retaliation for rocket fire across the border, which cut short an election rally by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the military said Wednesday.
Netanyahu was hustled off stage when sirens warning of incoming rockets blared in the southern city of Ashdod late Tuesday, public television reported.
It came just hours after the premier pledged to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected.
Israeli fighter jets “hit 15 terrorist targets in the north and center of the Gaza Strip,” including a weapons factory, an attack tunnel and naval targets, the army said.
It said it would “continue to hold Hamas responsible for everything that comes from the Gaza Strip,” regardless of who actually fired the weapons.
The Islamists of Hamas have been the de facto rulers of Gaza since they ousted forces loyal to president Mahmud Abbas in deadly fighting in 2007.
Both rockets fired from Gaza were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.
Video posted on WhatsApp by Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party showed him returning to the stage after the all-clear and saying that Hamas was scared of him winning next Tuesday’s general election.
“If it attacks us on live TV, you understand that it doesn’t want us here,” he told his audience.
Arch-foes Hamas and Israel have fought three wars since 2008.


Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

Updated 09 August 2020

Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

  • Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses
  • “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE,” a message attached to the roses read

DUBAI: Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses on Sunday in a heartfelt gesture of support following last week’s deadly blast. 
The 163 passengers boarding an Emirates airline flight who arrived at Dubai International Airport were gifted the roses from Dubai Customs workers. The flowers came with a message that quoted the founder of the UAE, the late President Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahyan.
The message reads: “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE.”
Dubai Airport CEO Paul Griffiths said the act reflects the “spirit of kindness at the heart of the aviation community.”  
“I’m sure it has provided some measure of comfort for the Lebanese passengers during these very difficult times,” he said.
Like many other countries, the UAE has sent large shipments of aid to Lebanon since the explosion. 
The massive blasts at the Beirut port killed 158 people and injured 6,000.