Blair welcomes ceasefire as 'change for lasting solution'

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent has tweeted:

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Blair welcomes ceasefire as change for 'genuine and lasting solution.' Abbas and the Arab league all signed up, he says

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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.