Israeli navy bombards Gaza coast in overnight strikes

Israeli airstrikes continued to hit a number of targets around Gaza overnight, including just outside the hotel where ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent is staying.

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Look closely - a hole in the bigger boat where the missile came through, and then charred remains of a rowing boat http://t.co/WRFomqn7XI

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Not sure why it was a target - May have have been a Hamas firing point #gaza

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Parts of #gaza coast under constant bombardment from Israeli navy last night - this a scene from outside our hotel http://t.co/vVRrv0lcf9

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Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza as air strikes continue

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