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Israel army reinforces troops along Gaza fence

August 25, 2021 at 9:19 am

Palestinians stage a protest against Israel’s siege in Gaza City, Gaza on 21 August 2021 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli army has sent reinforcements to support its troops along the fence separating it from the besieged Gaza Strip as Palestinians hold peaceful protests calling for an end to the 15-year-old Israeli siege.

Following military evaluation of the security situation, the Israeli army said in a statement reported by local media, that more troops would be sent to deter the “terrorists”.

Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the Israeli military had raised its levels of preparedness in anticipation of rocket fire from the Palestinian territory.

“In recent days, troops have been preparing massively, as specific plans were being approved, drills were performed at different points and reviews were held in the field. IDF [army] troops will act aggressively against attempts of terror along the border,” the military said in a statement.

The Times of Israel reported that the changes were approved yesterday by the head of Israeli Army’s Southern Command, Major General Eliezer Toledano, following an assessment of the situation.

On Saturday night, Israeli warplanes launched a series of air strikes in Gaza. Earlier in the day they had wounded 41 peaceful protesters at the fence separating Gaza from Israel. During the protest, a Palestinian security officer shot and injured an Israeli sniper.

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