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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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Israel: Four rockets fired at Jerusalem from Gaza

Israeli military forces have said that four rockets have been fired from Gaza towards Jerusalem, with two being intercepted by its Iron Dome defence system and the other two hitting open areas.

Earlier UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a ceasefire in the Middle East, as he said that the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip had "dangerously escalated".

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