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Israeli tanks mass on Gaza border

world Updated: Dec 28, 2008 19:07 IST

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Israeli tanks massed on Sunday at the border with the Gaza Strip, as Israel warned it could launch a ground attack in addition to its aerial bombardment of Hamas targets in the enclave.

Dozens of tanks and armoured personnel carriers were massing at different locations along the Gaza-Israel border, AFP photographers and correspondents reported.

Israel on Sunday called up 6,500 reserve soldiers as Defence Minister Ehud Barak warned that it could send in ground troops in addition to a mammoth air bombardment unleashed on Hamas-run Gaza on Saturday in retaliation for continuing rocket fire.

The air strikes have killed more than 280 Palestinians and wounded more than 600 others in less than two days, according to Gaza medics.