Netanyahu: Israel will exert 'great force' against Hamas

The Prime Minister of Israel,Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country will exert "great force" against Hamas after the militants rejected a truce, the Associated Press have reported.

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BREAKING: Netanyahu says Israel will exert "great force" against Hamas after it rejected truce.

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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.