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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Britain 'on standby' to help end Gaza crisis, says Hague

William Hague has called a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians. Credit: PA

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Britain stands ready to provide whatever support it can to end the Gaza crisis.

He said Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket but called for 'immediate action' to be taken to reach a ceasefire with Hamas.

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