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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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Four Israeli soldiers injured, IDF says

Israel Defence Forces say four of their soldiers were 'lightly injured' during fighting overnight.

They tweeted:

So far the Palestinian death toll has reached 145, including up to 82 civilians.

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