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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 says 'no casualties' from reported rocket attacks

The Israeli authorities said there had not yet been reports of any casualties from what the Israeli military says were Hamas rocket attacks on a number of cities.

The barrage was reportedly aimed at cities including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the northern city of Haifa.

"We are not getting reports of casualties from any of the impact areas," the chief military spokesman, Brigadier-General Motti Almoz, told Israel's Channel 10 television, although he did not specify where any rockets may have landed.

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