Israeli Army To Double Forces In Gaza, West Bank For US Embassy Opening

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The Israeli army said Saturday it would almost double the number of troops surrounding the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank to tackle Palestinian protests against Monday’s controversial opening of a US embassy in Yerushalayim.

Three additional infantry brigades will be deployed next week, two around the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank, nearly doubling the number of fighting units currently serving, an army spokesman told reporters.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to protest along the Gaza border Monday, with the strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas voicing support in recent days for attempts to breach the fence.



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