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 official warns Hamas it must accept truce

A senior Israeli government official warned that Israel would strike Gaza harder if Hamas does not accept the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire today.

Read: Israel approved Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasfire

The official said the military would step up its campaign, which has claimed the lives of 192 Palestinians, in Gaza.

As you know, the Cabinet has accepted the Egyptian proposal. If Hamas rejects it, Israel will continue and intensify its operations and Hamas will find itself totally isolated, including in the Arab world, which supports the proposal.

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