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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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Israeli airstrikes 'injure at least nine people'

At least nine people were injured early this morning as Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials have claimed.

The sky lights up over Gaza as the airstrikes hit. Credit: APTN

Several airstrikes hit the city of Khan Younis overnight and a separate airstrike hit Gaza City, the officials told the Associated Press.

The Israeli military has said the airstrikes in the Gaza strip are targeting militants involved in firing rockets at Israel.

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