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Israel calls up more reservists

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:16

Israel calls up 16,000 extra reserve soldiers as Gaza offensive intensifies and death toll soars. Masako Iijima reports.

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Israel called up 16,000 extra reservists at short notice as its Gaza offensive intensifies and the death toll rises. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet approved continuing the assault saying it was days from achieving its goal of destroying cross border attack tunnels. Gaza officials said at more than 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed, stoking international alarm. Israel has lost 56 soldiers. Residents of the battered enclave gathered to see the latest damage. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HASSAN SIRHI, GAZA RESIDENT WHO LIVES NEAR DESTROYED HOUSE, SAYING: "We were watching from our roof, looking right and left. When we were watching, they hit our neighbour's house. We went there quickly and evacuated the people - women especially. There were 100 people inside the house. The minute we went down and left the house, they hit it again, and demolished the house." Despite evacuation warnings, rolling Israeli ground assaults on residential areas have displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Israel says it is trying to avoid civilian casualties and blames these on Hamas and other Palestinian factions intent on urban combat.

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Israel calls up more reservists

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:16