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Reservists drafted as Israel Gaza fighting continues

    The Iron Dome defense system fires to intercept incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod (Photo: AP /Tsafrir Abayov)
    The Iron Dome defense system fires to intercept incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod (Photo: AP /Tsafrir Abayov)

    Israeli army reservists have been issued with draft orders as fighting in Gaza enters a third day.

    The army agreed to suspend its operation this morning as Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil visits the area.

    But despite this terrorists from Hamas and other groups did not cease firing rockets across the border, aimed at civilian communities in Southern Israel. IDF spokeswoman Avital Leibovitch said on Twitter that in the last two hours, while the IDF did not attack in Gaza, 50 confirmed rockets had hit Israel.

    An Israeli official said the IDF "would hold its fire on the condition that during that period, there won't be hostile fire from Gaza into Israel".

    Rocket fire had continued overnight, while the IDf reported targeting 150 locations used by terrorists to fire rockets at Israel. In total up to 450 sites, including ammunition stores and underground rocket-launching sites, have been targeted since Operation Pillar of Defence began.

    On Thursday evening Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets reached Tel Aviv and sirens were heard in the city for the first time in the Gulf War. One landed just south of the city in Rishon L'Zion, another in the sea of the coast of the city.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the government would "continue to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people".

    Although a ground operation is not expected at this point, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has issued draft orders for 16,000 reservists.

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