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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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27 Britons and their dependants evacuated from Gaza

Palestinians extinguish a fire which police said was caused by an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Twenty-seven British nationals and their Palestinian dependants were evacuated from Gaza last night amid violence in the region, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today.

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