'At least 23 people dead' following Israeli air strikes

Palestinian officials have claimed at least 23 people have been killed across Gaza following a bombardment Israel said may be just the start of a lengthy offensive "against Islamist militants".

Smoke rises after an air strike in northern Gaza Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen.

Hamas said it also fired a rocket at the Israeli city of Haifa, 88 miles (140 km) away, and though this was not confirmed, Israel said a rocket had landed in Hadera, located 60 miles (100 km)from Gaza.

Israel has reported no casualties so far.


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.