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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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Hamas claim rocket strike that killed Israeli civilian

Smoke trails are seen as rockets are launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel. Credit: Reuters

The Islamist group Hamas that rules Gaza has claimed responsibility for launching the short-range rocket that struck an area along the border with Gaza, killing an Israeli civilian, Reuters have reported.

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