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Israeli forces split Gaza in two

Israeli ground troops and heavy armour have moved deeper into the Gaza Strip, in effect cutting the territory in two.

The Palestinian health ministry says more than 50 people have been killed since the ground operation began. One Israeli soldier has been killed.

In the southern Gaza town of Rafah, residents packed their personal belongings and started to leave their homes.


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