Israel on Thursday, via telephone voting of cabinet ministers, approved to call 10,000 reservists. Fighting against Hamas is expected to heightened after three high ranking Hamas officials were killed.
Hamas commanders Mohammed Abu Shamlah, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum were killed after Israeli forces gave its worst blow to Hamas since July 8.
Israel believes these three commanders contributed in expanding Hamas’ military capabilities, creating attack tunnels leading to Israel, training fighters and smuggling weapons to Gaza.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon asked the government to approve 10,000 reservists to be called for duty after towns of Beersheba and Netivot were fired with rockets, Tuesday, during a ceasefire giving Israeli and Hamas officials in Cairo time to negotiate for a long-term truce. Israel returned fire, leading to the death of three Hamas commanders, and recalled its delegation to Cairo.
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri, vowed to make Israel “pay the price” for the killing [of three Hamas commander]. Israel “will not succeed in breaking the will of our people or weaken the resistance.”
Since July 8, over 2,000 Palestinians were killed and 10,000 injured, while, sixty-seven Israelis died 64 are soldiers.
Israel uses airstrikes and ground troops as offense, while Hamas launches rockets to Israel.