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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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'14 dead' as Israeli airstrikes pound Gaza

The Israeli army has stepped up its airstrike campaign on the Gaza strip, killing at least 14 people today, the Associated Press has reported.

Israeli airstrikes continue to pound civilian areas across Gaza. Israel's military say they are targeting weapons facilities. Credit: Reuters

Israel's defence minister Moshe Yaalon said the strikes will continue:

"The operation against Hamas will expand in the coming days, and the price the organisation will pay will be very high."

The total number of people killed since the offensive began yesterday now stands at 41, according to the AP.

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