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Israel's Barak okays call-up of 30,000 reservists: Spokesman

Tel Aviv vows to 'expand' campaign against Gaza as Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak approves call-up of 30,000 reserve soldiers

AFP , Thursday 15 Nov 2012
Palestinian-Israel Conflict
Israeli security officer detains a Palestinian stone-thrower during clashes against Israel's military operation in Gaza, in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya November 15, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday approved the call-up of 30,000 reserve soldiers, who can be called into action by the military at any point, the army's official spokesman said.

"We are in the process of expanding the campaign," Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai told Channel 2 television as Israel pressed a massive air campaign against Gaza militants.

"The defence minister approved a few minutes ago, based on the army's request, the recruitment of another 30,000 soldiers. We will determine how many of them will be called in," he said. "All options are on the table."

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