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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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Cease-fire deal 'remains on table' as strikes continue

Israeli jets are pounding targets in Gaza again tonight after Hamas fighters rejected a truce, accepted by the Israelis, and carried on firing rockets across the border.

The Egyptians - who proposed the ceasefire - say a deal remains on the table and insist Hamas has yet to formally respond to the proposals.

ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports:

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