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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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Death toll rises as Israel continues air strikes on Gaza

At least 75 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched air strikes on Gaza, Palestinian officials claimed.

The mother of Palestinian Hamed Shehab, who medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike. Credit: Reuters

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said Israel hit over 320 Hamas targets overnight, as it targeted underground tunnel networks and rocket launching sites.

The Palestinians earlier said a family of eight were killed during a strike on their home.

Militants have continued to fire rockets towards Israel, and UN Secretary-General has warned that the situation in the region is "on a knife edge".

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