Gaza civilians flee as Israel intensifies airstrikes

A Palestinian woman runs carrying a child following an airstrike in Gaza city. Credit: Reuters

The Israeli army has intensified its offensive on the Gaza strip, striking Hamas sites and killing more people on the second day of its military operation.

A man carries a Palestinian child whose house was hit by Israeli rockets to hospital in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

Since the offensive began yesterday Israel has attacked more than 400 sites, killing at least 32 people. Five of those killed are children, hospital officials said.

Read: Videos show how civilians are caught in the crossfire as Middle East violence escalates

Children flee another Israeli airstrike. Credit: Reuters

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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.