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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Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clash at protest

A group of Palestinians have held a protest against Israeli air strikes in Gaza at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli soldier during a protest against at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus Credit: Reuters

Protesters held up placards showing images of the children hurt in the airstrikes, which are said to have now claimed the lives of 172 people in Gaza.

Israeli soldiers scuffle with a Palestinian protester during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip. Credit: Reuters

Scuffles broke out as armed Israeli soldiers formed a line in front of the protesters.

Palestinian protesters argue with Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip. Credit: Reuters

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