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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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Israel 'targeted by Hamas rocket strike'

The Israeli military has said that the Jewish state has been targeted by at least 16 rockets that it claims were fired in the last hour by Hamas "terrorists".

It said that its defence system Iron Dome managed to intercept five of the rockets.

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