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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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Gaza death toll 'rises to 47' as militants strike back

A least 47 people - 41 of them civilians - have been killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, according to Palestinian officials.

The Israeli nuclear facility outside Dimona. Credit: Reuters

The dead include 12 children, while some 300 people have been wounded, a hospital spokesperson said.

Rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv and Israel's Dimona nuclear plant were intercepted by Israeli missiles from its Iron Dome defence system, or landed in open country.

No Israeli deaths or serious injuries were reported.

Israeli military forces said 48 rockets struck Israel today and Iron Dome intercepted 14 others.

It said it had hit 550 Hamas sites, including 60 rocket launchers and 11 homes of senior Hamas members. It described those dwellings as "command centres".

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