Fighters swimming underwater shown in Hamas video

Hamas has released footage showing long-range missiles being fired and members of its naval commando unit firing weapons.

The group claim the rockets shown in the footage have a range of over 75 kilometres and could reach Israeli cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

A commando unit is also shown swimming underwater with their weapons.

The release comes as eight members of the same family were killed in Gaza during Israeli air strikes on Thursday, as Hamas fighters continued to fire rockets towards Israel.

Read: UN chief describes Gaza as being 'on a knife edge'

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