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Gantz Orders Callup of Border Patrol Reserves as Jewish-Arab Violence Spirals

After a night of violence that saw Jewish and Arab rioters wreak havoc in several towns, overwhelming local police, Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday ordered a major call-up of Border Police reservists to bolster officers working to contain the unrest.

Ten companies of reservists from the paramilitary Border Police were to be brought in, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“We are in a time of emergency,” Gantz said, noting the nationalist background of the turmoil. “At this time a massive response by forces on the ground is needed.” (TOI / VFI News)