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 strikes on central Gaza city 'intensifying'

Israeli strikes in central Gaza city are "intensifying", according to reports.

NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel tweeted:

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