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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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'At least seven killed' in latest Israeli air strike on Gaza

At least seven Palestinians have died this morning following an Israeli air strike on Gaza - the largest death toll in a single attack since the three-day offensive began, Reuters reported citing local medics.

An explosion seen following an air strike on Gaza. Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Locals and medical officials claimed an Israeli air strike bombed at least two houses in a densely populated area near Khan Younis while residents were asleep.

The attack raises the death toll to 60 Palestinians since the offensive began on Tuesday.

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