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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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Israeli PM calls parents of murdered Palestinian

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the parents of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khder, NBC News has reported.

In the call, Netanyahu called the killing of the teenager "abhorrent" and promised that his murderers would be dealt with "to the fullest extent of the law."

NBC News Correspondent Cassandra Vinograd reports:

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