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Funeral held for three senior Hamas leaders in Gaza

Palestinians carry the body of three of Hamas' most senior leaders during their funeral in the southern Gaza strip.

The three men were Hamas commanders. Credit: Reuters

Israel killed the men- who Hamas named as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum- during a failed attempt on the life of its top commander.

Fighting still continued in Gaza after attempts to bring about a lasting ceasefire failed again on Tuesday.

At least four members of the same family were killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City today, the Associated Press reported.

Smoke rises over Gaza today following further airstrikes. Credit: Reuters

Hamas 'admits' murder of teens which sparked Gaza war

Hamas has "admitted" the group kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers whose deaths sparked the current Gaza conflict.

Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were found dead more than two weeks after they went missing. Credit: Reuters

Saleh al-Arouri, a Hamas official from the West Bank who lives in exile in Turkey, appeared to confirm the Islamist group were behind the abduction at a press conference in Istanbul.

He told reporters: "There was much speculation about this operation, some said it was a conspiracy.

"The popular will was exercised throughout our occupied land, and culminated in the heroic operation by the Qassam Brigades in imprisoning the three settlers in Hebron," he said, referring to Hamas' armed wing.

Until now Hamas officials have refused to confirm or deny any involvement in the killings of Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach in June.

Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, is said to have been murdered "in revenge."


Netanyahu: 'Fighting could go on for long while'

There appears to be no end in sight to ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas. Credit: Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said "fighting could go on for a long while" as the conflict in Gaza resumed.

He told reporters Israel would not back down saying: "This will be a continuous campaign."

Ceasefire talks in Egypt broke down on Tuesday. Since then Israel claim to have killed three of the most senior Hamas leaders.

Three top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli strike

Three senior Hamas military commanders have been killed in Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, the Islamist militant group said.

Hamas named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum and said they were killed in a bombing of a house in the southern town of Rafah.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on what would be the killing of the most senior Hamas men since Israel launched its offensive in the Palestinian enclave on July 8.

'At least six killed' in overnight Israeli strikes on Gaza

At least six people have been killed when an Israeli airstrike hit a densely populated neighbourhood in Gaza, Palestinian police said.

According to the Associated Press, the strike destroyed a four-storey structure in the southern town of Rafah and that rescue workers were still searching for people trapped in the rubble.

Palestinians inspect their house that witnesses said was destroyed during an Israeli airstrike in the north of Gaza Credit: Reuters

The strike was one of 20 the Israeli military says were carried out following the breakdown of Egyptian-mediated talks aimed at producing a long-term truce after more than a month of fighting that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Israel lost 67 people, all but three of them soldiers.


Hamas 'fires 213 rockets at Israel' since end of truce

The Israeli military reported that since the collapse of a ceasefire with the Palestinians, over 213 rockets had been fired at Israel.

UN 'gravely concerned' over hostilities in Gaza

The UN Security Council expressed "grave concern" at the resumption of hostilities in Gaza between Israel and Palestinians and called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a "sustainable and lasting ceasefire."

The 15-member Security Council also "called upon the parties to prevent the situation from escalating and to reach an immediate humanitarian ceasefire," said British UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, president of the council for August.

Israeli military targets source of rocket attacks

The Israeli military has targetted a person who it claims was responsible for rocket barrages in the south of the country.

They did not name the target or specify whether the mission was successful.

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