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Israeli soldiers move into Gaza

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The Israeli military has begun a ground offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, stepping up its 11-day-old military operation.

Troops and tanks were sent into Gaza to deal "a significant blow to Hamas", Israel said.

A Hamas spokesman said Israel would "pay a high price" for its actions.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the invasion after days of intensive rocket fire and air strikes between the two sides.