Israeli ground invasion of Gaza 'on the table'

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly said a ground invasion of Gaza is one of the options available to his country's military in response to what Israel claims is Hamas targeting of Israeli civilians.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has been quoted as saying a ground invasion is possible. Credit: Sellem Marc Israel/ABACA/Press Association Images

According to Reuters, a source in the Israeli Prime Minister's office quoted Mr Netanyahu as saying: "The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) must be ready to go all the way. All options are on the table, including a ground invasion."

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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.