Israel approves Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire

Israel has approved the Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire, minutes before the truce was due to come into effect, Israeli officials have announced.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet had gathered to vote on the proposal at Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

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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.