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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IDF: '70 rockets fired from Gaza today'

The Israel Defence Forces says Palestinian militants have fired 70 rockets from the Gaza Strip today, with 18 intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system.

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