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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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Blair: 'Possibly no trust ever between Hamas and Israel'

Tony Blair told John Ray peace could rely on the international community. Credit: ITV News

Tony Blair has told ITV News there will be "no trust on either side between Hamas and Israel. That is not going to happen in the immediate term and possibly ever".

The former Prime Minister, now a Middle East peace envoy, went on to say the issue is if the international community, especially with the Egyptian government, "can create a circumstance to allow lasting peace" by opening Gaza back up and providing lasting security for Israel.

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