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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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UN: 10,000 seek shelter after fleeing Gaza homes

Thousands of people have fled their homes in Gaza Strip town after Israel warned them to leave, according to the United Nations.

A Palestinian boy sleeps in United Nations-run school in Gaza City. Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

UN officials said some 10,000 people had left Beit Lahiya, to seek shelter in eight schools run by the world body in Gaza City.

Israel had earlier dropped leaflets into the town of around 70,000 on Gaza's northern border. They read: "Those who fail to comply with the instructions to leave immediately will endanger their lives and the lives of their families. Beware."

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