Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly informed his cabinet that the army is preparing for a possible military campaign against the blockaded Gaza Strip, in the case that the situation was not improved, according to Israeli media.
â€śIf the reality of civil distress in Gaza is diminished, that is desirable, but that is not certain to happen, and so we are preparing militarily â€” that is not an empty statement,â€ť Netanyahu said.
For the past six months, Palestinians have been protesting on the border of Gaza as part of the â€śGreat Return Marchâ€ť in which 190 Palestinians have been killed, 64 of whom were killed on the day the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Â In 2014, Israel waged a devastating 51-day military onslaught on the Gaza Strip, in which more than 2,300 Palestinians were martyred and tens of thousands injured.
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