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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Gaza ceasefire reports 'have ring of truth'

A proposal by Egypt to end fighting between Israel and Hamas has not yet been confirmed but has "the ring of truth," ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports from Israel.

The proposed ceasefire would be adopted by both sides by by 6:00am GMT tomorrow, followed by a ceasefire within 12 hours.

Negotiations between both sides in Cairo would then begin within 48 hours, state news agency MENA said.

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