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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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Death toll in Gaza crisis 'rises to 172'

Israel's attack on Gaza in a bid to stop rockets by Hamas has left at least 172 Palestinians dead, AFP reports citing officials in the region.

A Palestinian boy, whose father died in an air strike, cries at the funeral. Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Eighteen members of the same family are reported to have been killed in an Israeli air strike on Saturday.

Around 10,000 people have abandoned their homes in Gaza and taken shelter following warnings from the Israeli armed forces.

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