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    Rocket Sirens Force Netanyahu Off Stage at Campaign Rally - Video

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    The video of the incident, which took place just a week before the Israeli election, has already gone viral on social media, with the IDF saying they had intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was evacuated from stage during an election rally in Ashdod, southern Israel, on Tuesday after rocket sirens were heard.

    As was forced to stop the event, he told the audience to keep calm and "quietly, quietly leave the area". According to local media reports, Netanyahu was taken to a sheltered area and was safe.

    Minutes later he returned to the stage to continue his address.

    According to the IDF, two rockets had been fired from Gaza towards the Israeli port cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod; both were destroyed by the Iron Dome air defence system.

    The incident, which took place just a week before the Israeli elections, followed Netanyahu's announcement that he intended to annex large parts of the West Bank if he is re-elected next week. The statement has already sparked condemnation from the Arab League, which described his move as a "violation of international law and UN resolutions".

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