Israel mobilises 16,000 more reservists: Spokesperson

Israel mobilises 16,000 more reservists: Spokesperson

Photo document of Israeli soldiers carry their injured colleague on a stretcher during the attack on Gaza, Sunday (July 20, 2014) after expanding the ground offensive in Gaza. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

The army has issued 16,000 additional mobilisation orders to allow troops on the ground to rest ...?
Jerusalem (ANTARA News/AFP) - Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists, taking their total to 86,000, as military operations in the Gaza Strip continue, an army spokeswoman said Thursday.

"The army has issued 16,000 additional mobilisation orders to allow troops on the ground to rest, which takes the total number of reservists to 86,000," said the spokeswoman.

Israels security cabinet, which met for five hours Wednesday, unanimously decided to pursue attacks against Hamas "terrorist targets" and other operations to destroy a network of tunnels used by the Islamist movement between Gaza and Israel, public radio said.

Another meeting of the cabinet, which comprises eight ministers, will be held Thursday afternoon, the radio added.

Public radio quoted Major General Sami Turgeman, the senior officer for the Gaza region, as saying that the destruction of militants remaining tunnels into Israel could be complete "in a few days".
(U.H-AK)

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