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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 10:54 PM
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Israeli military preparing for Gaza operation
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Updated November 02, 2011 08:35:45

Israelis inspect damage after a rocket fired from Gaza landed in Ashdod on October 29, 2011

Israel has reportedly ordered its military to prepare for a ground operation in Gaza.

The move is aimed at stopping the recent spate of rocket attacks into Israel which killed an Israeli man and wounded several others at the weekend.

The order comes one day after Palestine was granted membership to the United Nation's cultural body UNESCO, angering Israel and the US, who said the move threatened peace talks.

Israeli warplanes have launched a series of strikes in Gaza since Saturday, killing at least 11 Palestinians suspected of involvement in launching dozens of rockets and mortars into Israel.

For days an Israeli drone has been flying above Gaza, searching for more rocket launchers.

Now a military official says the government has authorised the army to take all necessary steps to stop the rocket fire, including a ground operation.

The decision stops short of ordering tanks to roll into Gaza.

Efforts to broker a lasting ceasefire have so far failed.
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