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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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Ground invasion into Gaza possible, says Israel

A palestinian man calls for help to put out a fire in Gaza caused by Israeli tank shelling. Credit: Reuters

Israel has said it is 'keeping its options open' for a possible ground offensive into densely populated Gaza despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire in the conflict.

This comes after the deadliest day of fighting in which 18 people were killed in one attack.

So far Israel's offensive has killed 145 Palestinians. Gaza medical officials said this included at least 82 civilians, 25 of whom were children.

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