Israel in partial army reserve call-up over Syria

The Israeli cabinet authorised on Wednesday a partial call-up of army reservists amid growing expectations of a foreign military strike on neighbouring Syria, army radio reported.

The unspecified number of troops are attached to units stationed in the north of the country, which borders both Lebanon and the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War, it said.

However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement telling Israelis that, after discussions Wednesday on the security situation, there was "no need to change their daily habits."

"At the same time, we are ready for all scenarios," the premier added. "The Israeli army is ready to defend against all threats and respond firmly to any attempt to harm Israeli citizens."