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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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Obama: Israel and Palestine 'don't want to live like this'

US President Barack Obama has encourage a diplomatic outcome in the region. Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing

US President Barack Obama has reiterated his support for Egypt's attempt to reach a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, to stop more deadly clashes.

"The Israeli people and the Palestinian people don't want to live like this," he said.

He said he would continue to encourage a diplomatic outcome.

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