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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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27 Palestinians dead after Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

At least 27 people have died after fresh Israeli attacks against Gaza overnight and yesterday. Footage from Gaza shows residents fleeing after Israeli airstrikes hit an apartment block, and Hamas militants continued to fire rockets into Israel.

  • Israel said last night 45 rockets were launched by Hamas militants
  • The army said they launched 160 airstrikes on Gaza:
  • 118 concealed rocket launching sites
  • 10 tunnels
  • 6 Hamas official facilities
  • 10 terror command positions
  • According to Palestinian hospital officials, 27 people were killed in the strikes:
  • 18 civilians have died
  • 5 children are among the dead
  • 150 people have been injured

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