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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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Air raid sirens sound in Israeli city of Tel Aviv

Air raid sirens have sounded in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv as television images appeared to show a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip being intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defence system.

The Israeli military claims Hamas militants have fired some 130 rockets into Israel in the past 24 hours.

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