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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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Israel: There was a 'legitimate target' near Gaza boys

The Israeli government has insisted that its military was aiming for a legitimate target near to the four boys who were killed earlier today on a Gaza beach.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray tweeted:

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