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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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Hamas: Gaza air strikes overnight toll 'surpass 120'

Rockets were launched towards the Gaza Strip overnight, as the death toll from Israel's air offensive topped 120, officials said.

Illumination flares are seen above the northern Gaza Strip overnight Credit: Reuters

According to the Associated Press, Hamas officials said that overnight raids targeted their homes and installations - and for the first tome a pair of mosques.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra says the overnight attacks raised the death toll over 120. He says more than 920 people have been wounded.

Read: Palestinian death toll from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza 'passes 100'

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