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 'will continue to attack' Gaza rocket sites

Israel dropped flyers in northern Gaza early today, warning residents to vacate their homes by noon and move away from Hamas sites to avoid airstrikes. According to Israel Defence Force's (IDF) Operation Protective Edge, the leaflet is believed to have said:

To the residents of Beit Lahiya, the IDF intends to attack terrorists and terror infrastructures in the area east of Al-Atatra and Al-Salatin St., and in the area west and north of Ma'bscar Jabalyia.

Israel is currently attacking, and will continue to attack, every area from which rockets are being launched at its territory.

The civilians are requested to evacuate their residences immediately and move by 12:00 PM today, south of Jabalyia Al-Badr via Shar'a Al-Faluja.

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