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Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza as air strikes continue

Israel has launched a ground offensive in Gaza with residents reporting heavy shelling in the area.

Palestinian health officials say 27 Palestinians, including a baby, two children and a 70-year-old woman, have been killed since Israel sent ground forces into the densely-populated strip of 1.8 million Palestinians.

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Israel: Overnight airstrikes 'kill seven' militants

Emergency services carry away the wounded in the aftermath of the airstrike. Credit: Reuters

Israeli military officials have confirmed overnight airstrikes on the Gaza town of Rafah, in which seven Hamas gunmen were reported killed, according to Reuters.

The Israeli military said that they had "responded to rocket attacks against southern Israel," targeting nine "terror" sites and concealed rocket launchers.

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