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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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'Up to nine' militants killed in Israeli airstrikes

Palestinian boys look at a crater which police said was caused by an Israeli air strike in the central Gaza Strip July 7, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Seven Hamas militants and two members of the 'Islamic Jihad' group were killed during Israeli airstrikes overnight, according to the Isreali daily newspaper Haaretz.

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