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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Israel ignores international outcry over Gaza attacks

Israel's prime minister said he will not cave in to international pressure to stop a military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu told a news conference today that Israel will continue the operation, which officials say has killed more than 100 Palestinians, until rocket fire from Gaza ends.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not bow to international pressure. Credit: Reuters

"No international pressure will prevent us from acting with all power," he said.

Netanyahu said he has had "good conversations" with a number of world leaders in recent days, including President Barack Obama and European leaders.

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