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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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'Victory is near,' says Hamas leader

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has given a speech "all but confirming a ceasefire," ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports from Israel:

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