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Israeli military begins ground offensive in Gaza – live updates

  • Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza aimed at “terror infrastructure”, particularly underground tunnels into Israel
  • Around 60,000 Israeli troops reportedly massed on border
  • Palestinian death toll has reportedly risen to around 247
  • No reports of Israeli military casualties
  • UNRWA condemns hiding of rockets in a school in Gaza
  • IDF thwarts Hamas tunnel attack
  • Israeli president Shimon Peres offers qualified apology over beach killing of boys
  • How do the events affect you in Israel and Palestine?
  • Our latest summary


Japan’s industrial production falls 2.5% on-month in April

Japan’s factory output fell 2.5 percent in April from a month earlier after a tepid 0.7 percent rise in March, data showed Friday. “Industrial production appears to be flat,” the ministry of economy, trade and industry said in a statement, downgrading…