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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Iran calls for an end to Israeli bombardment

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for an end to the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the lifting of the blockade.

During nuclear talks in Austria, Mr Zarif said that the Iranian president made it "very clear" in asking the international community to stop "Israeli aggression against the defenceless people of Gaza".

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