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Israel calls up 6 reserve battalions amid unrest in West Bank, Jerusalem

The decision to recruit reserve battalions came after a situational assessment and was approved by military Chief of Staff, Aviv Kochavi, said the Army

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Israeli security forces patrol the area next to Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site and the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque (Photo: Reuters)
Israeli security forces (Photo: Reuters)

Israel's military has said it will be calling up six reserve battalions in the next few weeks, amid escalating tensions in the occupied West Bank and East .

The move is made in order to preserve the presence of Israeli troops in the area between and the West Bank, and to prevent Palestinians from crossing into without permits, the Army added on Thursday.

The deployment of hundreds of reservists "will strengthen the IDF's ( Defence Forces) ongoing defensive efforts to prevent terrorist attacks and illegal crossings of the Judea and Samaria security barrier," the military said in a statement, using the Israeli term for the West Bank, Xinhua news agency reported.

The decision to recruit reserve battalions came after a situational assessment and was approved by military Chief of Staff, Aviv Kochavi, said the Army.

For the past weeks, the tension between Israelis and Palestinians has continued to heighten, featuring a string of Palestinian attacks in Israel killing 14, and Israeli raids on the West Bank. The two sides also saw growing unrest around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in East .

Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are claimed by the Palestinians, in the 1967 Middle East war, and has controlled them ever since.

 

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First Published: Fri, April 29 2022. 08:34 IST

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