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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 president: Killing of Palestinians is 'moral dilemma'

Israeli President Shimon Peres speaking to the Associated Press earlier. Credit: APTN

Israeli President Shimon Peres said that the killing of Palestinian civilians by air raids on Gaza presents a moral dilemma, but argued there is little alternative as long as the Islamist militants refuse to stop sustained rocket fire against Israel.

"There is a moral problem, but I don't have a moral answer to it," Peres said in an interview with the Associated Press.

"I don't see it already finished," Peres said of the proposed truce. "I think there is a division among (Hamas). The situation in Gaza is demanding, terrible, tragic."

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