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Israel taking steps to mobilize up to 75,000 reservists

Reuters

November 16, 2012 | 9:54 am

Israeli soldiers prepare armoured personnel carriers (APC) at an area near the border with the Gaza Strip on Nov. 16. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli soldiers prepare armoured personnel carriers (APC) at an area near the border with the Gaza Strip on Nov. 16. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Defence Minister Ehud Barak sought government approval on Friday to mobilize up to 75,000 reserve troops for Israel's Gaza campaign, political sources said, in a sign of preparations for a possible ground offensive.

The sources, speaking after Palestinian rockets were fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, said ministers were being polled by telephone by the cabinet secretary to approve the call-up.

Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Crispian Balmer

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