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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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Israel deploys troops inside Gaza for first time

The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians shows no sign of slowing down. Credit: Reuters

Israel has deployed ground troops inside Gaza to raid a rocket launching site in the Palestinian territory.

It was the first time that Israeli ground troops are known to have entered Gaza in the current offensive.

But the operation, carried out by special forces, did not appear to be the beginning of a broad ground offensive.

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