اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

Israel 'okays call up of 40,000 reservists for Gaza'
Published Tuesday 08/07/2014 (updated) 09/07/2014 10:27
Font- Font+
(MaanImages/file)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli leaders authorized the military Tuesday to call up 40,000 reservists for a possible assault on the Gaza Strip, the army said.

"Following a directive of the chief of staff the general staff... and the approval of the government, the Israel Defense Forces increased the draft of reserve forces," the military tweeted in English.

"The approval is currently limited to 40,000."

The move came during the most serious flare-up over Gaza since November 2012, as Israel launched dozens of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and militants fired rockets into southern Israel.

"We have been instructed by the political echelon to hit Hamas hard," chief military spokesman General Moti Almoz told army radio earlier, saying the operation would take place "in stages".

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned it was likely to be a protracted campaign.

"We are preparing for a campaign against Hamas, which will not end in just a few days," he said in a statement after meeting security chiefs, which defined the aim as being "to exact a very heavy price from Hamas".

"We will not tolerate rocket fire on Israel cities, and we are preparing to expand the operation with everything at our disposal to strike Hamas," he said.

Israel has killed 14 Palestinians and injured over 100 in the ongoing assault.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
Print
1 ) JoeFattal / USA
08/07/2014 20:21
40.000 troops. Do they think is enough. Half of the population in Gaza are children and women.

2 ) Julie / USA
08/07/2014 21:03
in other words, izrael's diabolical psychotic regime is announcing to the world they intend to carry out ETHNIC CLEANSING in Gaza. we all know what this means: we can expect innocent non-combatants, elderly, women, children and BABIES to be EVISCERATED, SHREDDED, DISMEMBERED & BLOWN TO BITS BY BOMBS, MURDERED in the most horrific ways imaginable..AGAIN! Abbas better get his slow fat traitorous ass to the ICC...NOW!!!!!!!!!!

3 ) JoeFattal / USA
08/07/2014 21:28
CNBC has reported that rockets were fired into Tel-Aviv. That is big news. They using probably Hezbollah long range missiles. Hamas rockets do not reach that far. They have to get them from somewhere unless they dug a tunnel from south Lebanon to Gaza.
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

Minister: Construction materials must enter Gaza
5-year-old Palestinian girl hit by settler car succumbs to wounds
Gazans visit relatives jailed in Israel for 1st time since June

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014