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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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Palestinian death toll in Gaza passes 100

The Palestinian death toll from Israel's airstrike campaign against Gaza has passed 100 people, with 670 wounded, officials said.

Israeli airstrikes against Gaza have killed more than 100 people and injured 670. Credit: Reuters

Gaza militants have fired more than 550 rockets against Israel in the offensive. The Israeli military says it has hit more than 1,100 targets which it says are rocket-launching sites, bombarding the territory on average every five minutes.

Rockets were also launched from Lebanon, landing near Israel's northern border, but there were no reports of injuries.

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