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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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Hamas 'fires rocket towards town of Haifa'

Militant group Hamas says it has fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip towards the north-western Israeli town of Haifa.

If confirmed it would be the longest distance the group have fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

There have also been reports of air raid sirens in Jerusalem amid claims Hamas are continuing to fire rockets into Israel.

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