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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.

Palestinian officials say 70 people have been killed in the ground assault. 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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