Is­rael pulls back some tanks, troops in Gaza war

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Is­raeli troops and tanks pulled out of a cen­tral sec­tor of the Gaza Strip and moved closer to the border Satur­day, as its mil­i­tary in­vited Pales­tini­ans to re­turn to one of the hard­est-hit neigh­bor­hoods in the coastal strip.

Is­raeli me­dia re­ports Satur­day sug­gested that the mil­i­tary planned to uni­lat­er­ally with­draw from Gaza and de­clare vic­tory in the week­s­long war that Pales­tinian officials say has killed more than 1,650 peo­ple there.

Au­thor­i­ties in Is­rael, which has lost 63 soldiers and three civil­ians in the war, de­clined to im­me­di­ately com­ment on the re­ports, but the move would mir­ror Is­raeli strat­egy in pre­vi­ous wars there.

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