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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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  1. Geraint Vincent

Overnight explosions destroy buildings across Gaza

We heard a couple of extremely loud bangs outside our beachfront hotel in Gaza late last night. We could see burning at the explosion site.

The huts outside the hotel ITV News are staying in were destroyed by airstrikes. Credit: ITV News

Woke up this morning to see two huts had been destroyed. Guessing it was laser guided missiles fired from Israeli naval vessel off the coast. Not sure what the target was.

We can see what looks like the remains of fuel canisters.

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