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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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Sirens heard in Tel Aviv 'during heavy rocket fire'

Sirens have been heard in Tel Aviv and across central Israel this morning during what appeared to be a heavy rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported.

Israel said that Hamas has dozens of long-range rockets capable of striking deeper into Israel than ever before.

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