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Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves amid intensive Gaza fighting

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JERUSALEM — Israel's military says it is calling up another 16,000 reserves.

Thursday's move gives the military the ability to substantially widen its 23-day-old Gaza offensive.

PHOTO: Rebecca Abramov, second from left, holds up a sign in Hebrew during a rally in support of Israel in front of city hall in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the rally, criticizing an American "policy of calculated ambivalence" toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY
Rebecca Abramov, second from left, holds up a sign in Hebrew during a rally in support of Israel in front of city hall in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the rally, criticizing an American "policy of calculated ambivalence" toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY

More than 1,360 Palestinians have been killed since the fighting began on July 8. Fifty-six Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the Israeli side have lost their lives.

The development comes after another day of heavy fighting, with 116 Palestinians killed on Wednesday along with three Israeli soldiers.

Israel has now called up a total of 86,000 reserves during the Gaza conflict.

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