Israel mobilises 16,000 more reservists

July 31, 2014 8:08 am
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Palestinian paramedics move a victim of an Israeli air strike on a market to an ambulance in the Shejaiya neighbourhood near Gaza City on July 30, 2014/AFP
Palestinian paramedics move a victim of an Israeli air strike on a market to an ambulance in the Shejaiya neighbourhood near Gaza City on July 30, 2014/AFP

, JERUSALEM, July 31- 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.

Israel’s 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”.

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