UN Security Council to meet over Middle East conflict

The UN security Council will meet at 10am tomorrow morning to discuss ongoing Israel and Palestinian hostilities.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely to brief the 15-member body, diplomats said.

More: Death toll rises as Israeli airstrikes on Gaza continue

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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.