Israeli air strikes 'killed seven' in Gaza this morning

Smoke and flames are seen following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City
Smoke and flames are seen following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City Credit: Reuters

Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip today a day after holding its fire in a ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks.

Attacks in the Gaza Strip killed at least seven Palestinians in the early hours of Wednesday, Gaza health officials said, and destroyed the house of Mahmoud Zahar - who is believed to be in hiding elsewhere - in the first apparent targeting of a top Hamas political leader.

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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.