Blair welcomes ceasefire as 'change for lasting solution'

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent has tweeted:


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


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.