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Israel moves troops toward Gaza

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 15, 2012 at 7:14 a.m. Updated November 15, 2012 at 1:42 p.m.

Rockets from Gaza jolt Tel Aviv area

Palestinian militants barraged Israel with nearly 150 rockets Thursday, Nov 15, 2012, as Israel pressed a campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip.
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Rocket attack from Gaza Strip kills 3 Israelis

Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in a rocke...

— Palestinian militants barraged Israel with more than 200 rockets Thursday, killing three people as Israel pressed a campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip. Three rockets targeted the densely populated Tel Aviv area, setting off air raid sirens in attacks that threatened to trigger an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza.

Late in the day, Israel signaled a ground operation may be imminent as forces moved toward the border area with Gaza. At least 12 trucks were seen transporting tanks and armored personnel carriers, and a number of buses carrying soldiers arrived.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he had authorized the army to call-up additional reservists for possible action. The army said it was prepared to draft up to 30,000 additional troops.

“I ordered the military today to widen the draft of reserve soldiers in order to be able to be ready for any development,” Barak said.

Military officials said the moves were to prepare for the possibility of a ground invasion, but stressed no decision had been made. Israel TV stations, however, said a ground offensive was expected Friday.

The fighting, the heaviest in four years, has also killed 15 Palestinians in two days and brought life to a standstill on both sides of the border. School has been canceled and many were huddling indoors.

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