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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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Aftermath of latest round of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

Israel bombed more than 50 targets in an aerial attack on the Gaza Strip this morning.

The aftermath of the Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip this morning shows buildings destroyed in the attack. Credit: EBU

It said the latest round of air strikes - part of a campaign called Operation Protective Edge - was to target Hamas Islamist militants involved in firing rockets at Israel.

Nine people suffered shrapnel injuries in the attack. Credit: APTN

Nine people suffered shrapnel injuries in the attacks. The buildings in the target area were believed to have been evacuated beforehand.

Homes destroyed in the Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip this morning. Credit: APTN

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