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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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Hamas: Battle will increase with 'ferocity and intensity'

Rockets are launched towards Israel from the northern Gaza Strip on 12th July. Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

The armed wing of the Palestinian militant group Hamas have officially rejected Egyptian ceasefire proposal made, according to its official website.

The al-Qassam Brigades said it had not officially received the text of the agreement but said excerpts published in the media showed it was "an initiative of kneeling and submission".

They said: "Our battle with the enemy continues and will increase in ferocity and intensity".

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