Israel has begun withdrawing some troops from Gaza: Army

Israel has begun withdrawing some ground troops from the Gaza Strip and redeploying others but the mission was ongoing, an army spokesman told AFP on Sunday.

Jerusalem: Israel has begun withdrawing some ground troops from the Gaza Strip and redeploying others but the mission was ongoing, an army spokesman told AFP on Sunday.

"We are removing some (forces), we are changing from within," Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said, describing it as "an ongoing mission". 

"We are redeploying within the Gaza Strip and taking out other different positions, and relieving other forces from within," he said.

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