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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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Bombardment continues from both sides as truce fails

An Israeli woman looks at a door damaged after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

Israel has resumed its heavy bombardment of Gaza and warned that Hamas "would pay the price" after the Islamic militant group rejected an Egyptian truce plan and unleashed more rocket barrages causing the first Israeli death in eight days of fighting.

Gaza militants fired more than 120 rockets and mortar rounds at Israel during what Egyptian mediators had hoped would be a period of deescalation.

After holding its fire for six hours, the Israeli air force resumed its heavy bombardment of Gaza, launching 33 strikes from midafternoon, the military said

In all, Israeli aircraft struck close to 1,700 times since 8th July, whilst Gaza militants fired more than 1,200 rockets at Israel.

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