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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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Netanyahu: 1,000 Gaza targets down, more to go

Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has attacked more than 1,000 targets during a four-day military offensive against Gaza militants and that "there are still more to go".

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed during the offensive, officials said. Credit: Reuters

The Israeli prime minister said the military was using twice the force it employed during a similar offensive in 2012.

Palestinians search for bodies in the rubble following a reported air strike. Credit: Reuters

He also would not rule out the possibility of expanding the campaign of mostly aerial attacks into a ground war in Gaza, answering when asked whether such a move was possible that "we are weighing all possibilities and preparing for all possibilities."

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