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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: Israel's invasion will have 'dreadful consequences'

A Hamas spokesman has said that Israel's ground invasion of Gaza is "foolish" and will have "dreadful consequences".

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said: "It does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people.

"We warn (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act."

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