11/16/2012 04:01 pm ET Updated Jan 16, 2013

Israel Mobilizes Reservists; Cabinet Authorizes Up To 75,000 Troops

JERUSALEM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Israel's cabinet authorised on Friday mobilisation of up to 75,000 reserve troops for a Gaza campaign, more than doubling the number of potential call-ups approved after the offensive began, political sources said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a four-hour strategy session with a clutch of senior ministers in Tel Aviv, while other cabinet members were polled by telephone on raising the mobilisation level. The decision did not mean all 75,000 reservists would be called into action, but gave the military the go-ahead to enlist them if needed.


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