Israeli military to call up 18,000 reservists to enter Gaza

The Israel Defence Force (IDF) has said it was preparing to send 18,000 reservists into Gaza as the country instructed its military to begin a ground invasion of the area.

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Following the approval of the government of Israel, the IDF will call up an additional 18,000 reservists.

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From the Field: Our soldiers preparing to enter Gaza. The whole nation stands behind them. http://t.co/qQw3Uzjhrt

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