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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Dawn airstrikes pound Gaza strip

Dawn raids attacked targets in the Gaza strip, the Israeli military said. Credit: ITV News

Israel continued to bombard Gaza with airstrikes overnight and this morning, and the military said it had attacked 900 targets so far.

Some was seen rising from buildings across Gaza, and militants responded with artillery fire.

Smoke can be seen rising from buildings across Hamas. Credit: APTN

Israeli tanks have been gathering around the southern border of Hamas. The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza has now reached 85, officials said.

Read: Death toll tops 85 after hundreds of airstrikes

Smoke from another airstrike seen rising over Gaza. Credit: APTN

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