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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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US 'strongly condemns' rocket attacks on Israel

The US has said it "strongly condemns" reported rocket attacks by Hamas militants against Israel.

The Israel Defence Forces claims Hamas have fired some 130 rockets into Israel in the last 24 hours.

A White House spokesman also called for a de-escalation of violence in the region following recent violence.

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