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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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Israeli leaders will 'expand and intensify' their offensive

Israel reported its first death of the week-long conflict this evening.

A civilian, who was critically injured when a Hamas rocket struck close to the Gaza border, later died of his wounds in hospital .

Israeli leaders responded by saying they will "expand and intensify" their offensive

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports:

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