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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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Six killed and 25 wounded in new Israel strike

A second Israel attack on the Gaza Strip today has left at least six Palestinians dead and about 25 wounded, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said.

Smoke is seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today. Credit: Reuters

The strike focused on a house that locals said belonged to the family of a Hamas member and had already been targeted in Israel's first strike early this morning.

People had gathered on the roof of the building to act as "human shields", hoping their presence would deter a second strike, according to a local resident.

The Israeli military tweeted: "#EXPOSED: #Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields when firing rockets at Israel."

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