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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Israeli tanks transported towards Gaza border

Israel is moving tanks towards the border with Gaza as it continues to escalate its air assault, hitting hundreds of targets.

Israeli tanks are moving towards the border with Gaza. Credit: ITV News

Israel's military spokeman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said they had already mobilised 20,000 reservisit for a possible ground operation into Gaza, but for the time being was focused on maximising its air campaign.

Meanwhile Hamas continued to fire rockets into Tel Aviv, and several 'Code Red' alerts have been imposed, forcing residents into shelter and causing disruption across the city.

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