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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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Gaza: Death toll 'tops 85' after hundreds of rockets fired

Smoke and flames are seen following what Palestinian witnesses said was an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza strip. Credit: Reuters

More than 85 people have been killed in Gaza and over 300 wounded since Israel's offensive began on Tuesday, the Associated Press have reported.

Hamas said it was doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties after over 900 targets were attacked in the Gaza Strip.

Dozens of civilians including women and children have been killed following the firing of hundreds of rockets at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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