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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Residents take shelter from rockets in Tel Aviv

A little girl hides with her mother as Hamas rockets hit. Credit: Reuters

Israeli residents in Tel Aviv have been taking shelter from rockets fires by Hamas, as the violence escalates for a third day.

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Israelis take cover in an underground car park in Tel Aviv. Credit: Reuters

Yigal Palmor, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Hamas is firing rockets from "within houses and streets and neighbourhoods which are populated with civilians ... exposing these civilians to retaliation and to backfire".

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