(NEWSER) – In what Reuters is calling the "worst outbreak of violence along the Gaza frontier since an eight-day war in 2012," the Israeli military today struck at least 50 sites in the Gaza Strip by air and sea—and mobilized 1,500 reservists for a potential ground invasion, though the military said such an invasion was not imminent. Still, an Israeli army rep emphasized, "indeed we are preparing." To that end, the Israeli government today gave the military the OK to mobilize as many as 40,000 additional reservists. The military says it has no immediate plans to actually do so, but described the order as a contingency if "Operation Protective Edge" needs to be expanded, reports the AP.

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