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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Egyptian truce 'does not deserve ink it was written with'

The military wing of Hamas, Izzedine al-Qassam said the Egyptian brokered truce deal "does not deserve the ink it was written with".

The deal promises to ease the border blockage to Gaza, but such promises were part of the 2012 truce and were quickly broken as violence flared.

It's not logical to ask people who are under aggression to cease fire and then later to negotiate terms that were not respected in the past by the Israelis.

An easing of the blockade is key to the survival of Hamas, and a recent closure by Egypt has prevented cash and goods from coming into the strip through hundreds of smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border.

Read: Israeli official warns Hamas it must accept truce

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