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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Palestinians rush to banks and shops during 'ceasefire'

Palestinians shop for food during the humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

People in Gaza have been crowding outside banks and around markets to stock up on money and food during the five hour humanitarian ceasefire called by Israel and Hamas.

Palestinians wait to withdraw cash from a bank in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

Three mortar attacks appear to have broken the truce in southern Israel.

Read: Mortar attacks 'break ceasefire' in Israel

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