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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Air raid sirens 'followed by thuds' heard in Jerusalem

Air raid sirens have been heard in Jerusalem amid claims Hamas militants are continuing to fire rockets into Israel.

The sirens were followed by loud thuds which could have been explosions, Reuters witnesses reported.

Israeli media also reported that sirens had been heard in the northern town of Binyamina although the alert appears to have been falsely triggered.

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