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Israel okays mobilizing reserve troops for Gaza if needed

Reuters

November 14, 2012 | 1:31 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Nov. 14. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Nov. 14. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

The Israeli cabinet gave preliminary authorization on Wednesday for the mobilisation of military reserves if required to press an air assault against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Ministers convened in Jerusalem agreed "to allow the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) to enlist reserve forces in accordance with the need and the authorisation of the defence minister," a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.

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