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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'Total destruction' in bombed Gaza Strip

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. Credit: Reuters

We went this morning to visit what we understood to be the home of a Hamas military leader flattened in an Israeli air strike last night.

When we got there we saw the destruction was total, locals were starting to clear up the mess.

The local mayor told me it was just ordinary civilians living in the house, and that they had received a phone call from Israeli forces five minutes before the strike, warning them to clear out.

While we were filming I heard a series of explosions nearby, and during the journey back we heard some as well. They sounded like drone strikes.

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