Israeli military authorized to mobilize 40,000 reservists for Gaza offensive

Israel army authorized to mobilize 40,000 troops

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government has given the military permission to mobilize up to 40,000 additional reservists as it steps up an offensive in the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian girl checks the damage of her family house following an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive against the...   (Associated Press)
Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be...   (Associated Press)
Israeli soldiers work on their tanks at a gathering area near Israel Gaza Border, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday,...   (Associated Press)
An Israeli soldier covers his head with a camouflage net protect from mosquitos at a gathering area near Israel Gaza Border, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive...   (Associated Press)
An Israeli soldier covered in a payer shawl reads from a holy book at a gathering area near Israel Gaza Border, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled...   (Associated Press)
Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a...   (Associated Press)
Palestinians search through the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled...   (Associated Press)
Palestinians search in the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled...   (Associated Press)
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Tuesday's decision came hours after Israel launched an offensive aimed at stopping weeks of heavy rocket fire out of Gaza.

The Israeli military said there were no immediate plans to call up the reservists, but the order was a contingency if the offensive needs to be expanded.

Israeli officials say the open-ended operation could go on for some time.

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