JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes raided 15 targets in the Gaza Strip at dawn on Wednesday in response to rocket-propelled grenades fired from the territory into the Ashdod and Ashkelon areas overnight, forcing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut off an election speech for his supporters in Ashdod, an army spokesman said.
"In response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel, warplanes raided about 15 targets in the north and central Gaza Strip," Israeli military spokesman Avichai Adrai said.
Adrai claimed that a number of these targets belonged to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), located in a military compound of the Hamas naval force, in addition to targeting an attack tunnel.
The correspondent of Al-Jazeera in Gaza has reported that the Israeli warplanes launched a series of raids at dawn today on Palestinian resistance sites and empty land in the Gaza Strip.
The reporter said that the Israeli shelling also targeted a position of the Palestinian resistance west of the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.
The Ministry of Health did not report casualties from the raids, which caused extensive damage.
Earlier on Tuesday, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, forcing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to end an election speech for his supporters in the city of Ashdod and disembark, after sirens sounded in Ashdod and Ashkelon bordering the Gaza Strip.
The incident came less than three hours after Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he was re-elected on September 17, in a declaration that angered Palestinians.
Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party later released a video via WhatsApp, in which the prime minister appeared to return to the conference venue to continue speaking from the podium after the siren stopped.
Netanyahu commented that the incident proves that Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, fears his election victory.
For its part, the Israeli army announced the interception of the Iron Dome system several shells fired from Gaza towards Israel.
According to Israel's official Kan TV channel, there were no casualties from the rocket fire, while the municipality of Ashkelon ordered the opening of shelters in anticipation of any security escalation. The Palestinian side did not adopt any rocket launches.
Yesterday, the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said it had seized an Israeli drone east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.