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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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Three Israelis admit killing 16-year-old Palestinian boy

Three Jewish males have been charged with kidnapping and killing 16-year-old Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khdeir, Israeli police have confirmed, NBC News reported.

Mohammed Abu Khudair, the 16-year-old Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned alive earlier this month. Credit: Reuters

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the three appeared before a court today and admitted abducting the teenager and setting him on fire.

Israel's Shin Bet security service said that the suspects, whose names have not been released, were motivated by revenge after the killings of three Israeli teenagers.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that two of the suspects are minors.

Three other people being investigated for involvement in the killing remain under house arrest.

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