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PHOTOS: Israeli soldiers wait at Gaza Strip ‘staging area’

The images, taken earlier this morning, show soldiers asleep on military tanks, reading holy books and doing other everyday tasks such as brushing their teeth.

AS REPORTS THIS MORNING suggest that Israel’s Defence Force is holding off on a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip for one more day, a number of photographers have visited an army staging area in the region.

Despite being on the brink of an all-out conflict, the soldiers are depicted in seemingly good spirits in the middle of everyday tasks.

Brushing their teeth, catching up on sleep and reading from holy books, the members of the IDF wait on their next orders.

It is understood Israeli ministers have delayed a proposed invasion to give diplomacy a chance to succeed.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to travel to Israel and Egypt today as part of international efforts to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants.

Over the past seven days,  about 100 people have lost their lives in the conflict.

-Additional reporting by AFP

Gaza conflict: Clinton to travel to Israel and Egypt for peace talks

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