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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Israeli military to investigate beach 'incident'

The Israeli military has announced that it will investigate the beach 'incident' that killed four Palestinian children earlier today.

In a statement, an Israeli military spokesperson said:

The IDF has no intention of harming civilians dragged by Hamas into the reality of urban combat.

We are carefully investigating the incident in question.

Based on preliminary results, the target of this strike was Hamas terrorist operatives.

The reported civilian causalities from this strike are a tragic outcome.

The investigation is ongoing.

– IDF statement

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