As rockets bombarded Israel from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and as sirens wailed in Tel Aviv, Israel massed troops on the borders of the Gaza Strip in anticipation of a large-scale military action. The rocket aimed at Tel Aviv has been reported to have hit a suburb of Tel Aviv; Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter said, however, that the rocket landed in the sea.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai said today that Gaza is about to experience an “unprecedented attack.” Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai said, “We are in the process of expanding the campaign. The defense minister approved a few minutes ago, based on the army’s request, the recruitment of another 30,000 soldiers. We will determine how many of them will be called in. All options are on the table.”
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has clarified: 30,000 reservists have been called up at this point.
Egypt’s Prime Minister is headed to Gaza tomorrow in a show of solidarity with the terrorist group.