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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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Israel 'bombs civilian targets with links to Hamas'

Smoke rages as rocket attacks between Israelis and Palestinians continue. Credit: PA

Israel has ignored international appeals for a ceasefire and widened its range of Gaza bomb targets to include civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties.

It announced it would hit Gaza with 'great force' after already carrying out more than 1,200 airstrikes this week.

So far neither Israel nor Gaza's Hamas rulers have signalled any willingness to stop.

Fighting has been raging since Tuesday. Credit: PA

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