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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 denies rocket attack on Israel from Lebanon

Palestinian group Hamas had no role in a rocket attack on Israel from Lebanon and had nothing to do with a statement in the name of its armed wing that claimed responsibility for the attack late yesterday, Hamas officials in Lebanon said.

Lebanese army personnel inspects the remains of a shell that was suspected of having been launched from Lebanon to Israel Credit: Reuters

Three rockets fired from Lebanon hit open areas near Nahariya in northern Israel. Israel responded with artillery fire. There were no casualties reported. The attack followed a similar rocket salvo from Lebanon on Friday.

Asked about a claim of responsibility issued in the name of the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades - the Hamas armed wing - Hamas official Osama Hamdan said: "We denied it and said Hamas had nothing to do with this statement."

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