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Army: Israel approves draft of 18,000 more reserve soldiers

July 18, 2014 12:33 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2014 1:38 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel approved early Friday the draft of 18,000 new reserve soldiers, the army said, as it launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.

"Following the approval of the government, the IDF increased the draft of reserve forces to 18,000 troops," the army said in a statement.

A spokeswoman told AFP the decision raised the overall number of soldiers called in since the start of Operation Protective Edge to 65,000, without saying how many of them had actually been mobilized.
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