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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 police chief 'critical' after strike on his home

Gaza's police chief Tayseer Al-Batsh. Credit: Reuters

Hamas' police chief is in a 'critical condition' and 18 members of his family have been killed following an Israeli airstrike on his home, Reuters has reported.

The attack on Tayseer Al-Batsh's home is the deadliest bombing since the offensive started on Tuesday.

Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza Health ministry, said 45 people were wounded and others were still trapped under the rubble where rescue workers were searching.

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