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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Foreign and dual nationalities in Gaza evacuated

Foreign nationals and Palestinians with dual nationality evacuated the Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing, after Israel's military warned northern residents of the Palestinian territory to evacuate their homes.

An Israeli military spokesman described the evacuation as a "short and temporary" campaign against northern Gaza, which is thought to begin sometime after 12.00am local time (9am).

A Palestinian man waiting to return to the US said: "We're leaving our relatives, our brothers and sisters in this horrible situation, but we have to do what we have to do".

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