Israel-Hamas War: 2,000 U.S. Troops Told to Prepare for Deployment to Middle East

The Pentagon has reportedly selected about 2,000 troops to prepare for a deployment to help Israel as a second carrier strike group steams for the eastern Mediterranean.

Officials said the troops will not serve in a combat role but would be tasked with medical support or advisory duties.

 

This comes after the Department of Defense said the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower strike group, which deployed from Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday, is on its way.

 

She will join the USS Gerald R. Ford, which arrived off the coast of Israel last week.

 

The presence of two of the Navy’s most powerful warships will send a strong signal to Iran and its regional proxies, such as Hezbollah, that the fight will not be escalated.

It comes as Israel continues to deploy troops and military equipment to the Gaza Strip, from where Hamas gunmen launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing at least 1,300 people.

 

According to officials reported by the Wall Street Journal, 2,000 troops are being prepared to deploy, indicating that Washington is prepared to support Israeli troops in the event of a ground assault of Gaza.

Western leaders have joined forces to encourage Israel to uphold international law and avoid sparking a larger regional conflict.

 

According to a report, Iran informed Israel via the UN that it would interfere if activities in Gaza persisted, as Israel prepared a ‘broad range of offensive operational options,’ including a ‘joint and coordinated attack [on Gaza] from the air, sea, and land.’

 

According to diplomatic sources, while Iran does not want the crisis to expand, it is prepared to act directly or indirectly, such as through a military organization in Syria or Lebanon.

 

Schools in Lebanon are still shuttered because to fears that Israeli missiles will target Hezbollah terrorists near the border. While Hezbollah has not formally entered the conflict, it has battled with Israeli forces three times this week.

 

Israel has called up 360,000 reservists as it prepares for its next move.

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