Foreign secretary James Cleverly forced to run for cover after Hamas rocket alarms set off in Israel

11 October 2023, 16:04 | Updated: 11 October 2023, 16:27

Cleverly was forced to run for cover amid fears of a Hamas rocket attack
Cleverly was forced to run for cover amid fears of a Hamas rocket attack. Picture: Alamy/Twitter

By Will Taylor

James Cleverly has been forced to run for cover after rocket alarms went off during a visit to southern Israel in the wake of Hamas's massacre.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The foreign secretary was filmed running into a building in Ofakim with a crowd of people as sirens warned of a rocket attack.

Israel's official Twitter account said it was the "reality" its people live with every day.

Cleverly had been visiting Israel to show solidarity with the country after more than 1,000 of its citizens were killed by Hamas terrorists.

He was visiting the south of the country when the alert blared out, and was expected to speak to survivors of the atrocity.

The Foreign Office said earlier his visit was designed to display "unwavering solidarity with the Israeli people".

"He will be meeting survivors of the attacks and senior Israeli leaders to outline UK support for Israel's right to defend itself," it added.

The official Twitter account for Israel, which is managed by the country's foreign affairs ministry, filmed him running into a building with another man running close to him as others follow.

Ofakim, which has a population over 30,000, was attacked by Hamas terrorists on Saturday and was cleared by security forces on Sunday.

Hamas has continued to fire rockets at Israel
Hamas has continued to fire rockets at Israel. Picture: Alamy

While Israel has reclaimed its towns, Hamas has continued to launch rockets, and Israel is retaliating by unleashing air strikes on the Gaza strip.

A ground invasion is expected after reservists were called up from among the Israeli Defence Forces' (IDF) vast reserves of part time soldiers.

But the attack is expected to be bloody in the densely populated and heavily urbanised Gaza strip.

Israel has vowed to eliminate Hamas's ability to attack its citizens.

Read more: BA flight to Israel forced to turn back to London after Hamas fires rockets near Tel Aviv

Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the IDF, said the military is preparing "to execute the mission we have been given by the Israeli government… to make sure that Hamas, at the end of this war, won't have any military capabilities by which they can threaten or kill Israeli civilians".

Meanwhile, the King's spokesman said the monarch was appalled by the loss of life.

"This is a situation His Majesty is extremely concerned about and he has asked to be kept actively updated," the spokesman said.

"His thoughts and prayers are with all of those suffering, particularly those who have lost loved ones, but also those actively involved as we speak."

He added: "His Majesty is appalled by and condemns the barbaric acts of terrorism in Israel."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Venezuela Ecuador Mexico

Venezuela’s main opposition bloc agrees on candidate to challenge Maduro

Azzarello was pictured outside the courthouse a day earlier with a conspiracy sign

'Researcher', 37, set himself on fire outside Donald Trump's hush money trial in shocking 'political protest'

Matt Healy's family have spoken out amid speculation that one of Taylor Swift's new songs is about him.

'Nothing surprises him anymore': Matt Healy's family break silence over claims new Taylor Swift tracks are about him

Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner are said to be in talks for a documentary

Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner 'in talks to make fly-on-the-wall documentary' following 'inappropriate behaviour' row

An officer threatened to arrest the man for 'breaching the peace'

Met police apologise again after 'victim blaming' backlash over threat to arrest 'openly Jewish' man at march

Donald Trump in court

Full jury of 12 and six alternatives selected in Donald Trump hush money trial

Trump Hush Money

Police to review security at Trump courthouse after man sets himself on fire

Donald Trump

Trump’s hush money case to go ahead after judge rejects latest bid to delay

Mark Menzies

Police reviewing claims Tory MP Mark Menzies misused campaign funds to 'pay off bad people'

Trump Hush Money

Man in critical condition after setting himself on fire outside Trump courthouse

Paramedics attended to a person who lit themselves on fire near Manhattan Criminal Court

Horror as man sets himself on fire outside Donald Trump's hush money trial in New York

Jonathan Hogg was attacked by the xl bully (stock image) in Leigh.

Father, 37, mauled to death by XL Bully had 'worst injuries doctor had seen' from 15-minute attack

Iran Mideast Tensions

Israel and Iran play down apparent Israeli air strike near nuclear site

France Iran

Police in Paris detain man wearing fake explosives vest at Iranian consulate

Pakistan Suicide Attack

Japanese workers narrowly escape suicide bombing in Pakistan

An Iranian journalist has said working in the UK is a huge risk.

London is our warzone: Iranian journalist says working in UK is huge risk as ex-minister suggests cutting ties