Israel: IDF bolsters troops at Gaza border amid tensions in south

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IDF soldiers and artillery at a staging area in Southern Israel, near the border with neighboring Gaza Strip on November 13, 2019.
Yonatan Sindel/Flash90IDF soldiers and artillery at a staging area in Southern Israel, near the border with neighboring Gaza Strip on November 13, 2019.

Elite Maglan Unit, two Officers School companies to join Israeli forces in area

The Israel Defense Forces will be bolstering the troops stationed on the border with Gaza, Israel's military announced on Monday.

The elite reconnaissance Maglan Unit, as well as two companies from the Officers School will be joining the forces in the south, the army said.

The reinforcements are being sent in in the wake of the rocket attack earlier in the day, with three projectiles fired out of the restive coastal enclave, two of which the Iron Dome system shot down.

Another projectile was fired shortly after the announcement, the IDF said, adding that the rocket hit the ground within the Gaza borders, only setting off an open area alert.

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Earlier in the day, the Israeli military closed off the Eretz crossing between Israel and Gaza due to the tensions in the south, including not just the rocket attacks, but also balloon bomb launches.

Previously, on Sunday, Israel shuttered the enclave's fishing zone after firefighters battled some 40 flames triggered which incendiary balloon bombs set during the day.

The tensions on the south are rising amid ongoing clashes in east Jerusalem, where, according to the latest reports from Palestinian medics, some 300 rioters were wounded.

In the capital, friction between Palestinians and the Israel Police has been escalating throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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