Obama: 'Further Gaza escalation benefits no-one'

President Barack Obama has condemned the latest fighting between Israelis and Palestinians, saying that "further escalation benefits no one" and that the US will continue to do everything to return to the 2012 ceasefire.

US President Barack Obama was speaking at a dinner in the White House to mark Ramadan.

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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.