Israel's military begins calling up 16,000 reservists
Published Friday 16/11/2012 (updated) 16/11/2012 23:27
A 155mm mobile cannon is seen after it was transported to an area just
outside the northern Gaza Strip Nov. 15, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel has started drafting 16,000 reserve troops, the military said on Friday, in a sign that violence could escalate further in the Gaza Strip.
Israel's two-day assault on Gaza has largely been from the air, but officials have said a ground incursion could be necessary to stem rocket fire into southern Israel.
Israel's army would be heavily dependent on reservists to fight any prolonged war. The military has received a green light to call in up to 30,000 reserve troops.
The Israeli assault has killed 19 Palestinians, and a Hamas rocket killed three Israelis on Thursday morning.