Thursday 18 December 2014

Israel begins moving troops to Gaza border as West Bank crisis escalates

Published 03/07/2014 | 11:23

A Palestinian argues with Israeli border police in Jerusalem. The suspected abduction of an Arab teen followed by the discovery of a body in Jerusalem on on Wednesday ignited clashes between Israeli police and stone-throwing Palestinians, who saw it as a revenge attack for the killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. AP
A Palestinian argues with Israeli border police in Jerusalem. The suspected abduction of an Arab teen followed by the discovery of a body in Jerusalem on on Wednesday ignited clashes between Israeli police and stone-throwing Palestinians, who saw it as a revenge attack for the killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. AP

Israel has begun sending troop reinforcements to its border with the Gaza Strip amid intensifying rocket barrages.

The country has been debating how to respond to the killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank, which it blames on Hamas.

It has arrested hundreds of Hamas members in the West Bank and threatened tough action against the militant group, which controls Gaza.

The increase in troops could be in preparation for a wider operation or meant as a defensive action.

More than a dozen rockets struck southern Israel on Thursday, hitting two houses and causing damage but not injuring anyone. Israel responded with airstrikes.

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