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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.

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Ambassador: 'International community failing Palestinians'

The international community is "failing Palestinians" by not acting to "stop the war machine." according to the Palestinian ambassador to the UN. Addressing the UN Security Council Dr Riyad Mansour said Palestinians were angry about "crimes against our people and the killing of large numbers of civilians, child and women."

UN ambassador Dr Riyad Mansour. Credit: PA

He added: "Our people in the Gaza strip are correct in saying that the international community is failing them. "I hope the Security Council will reach a conclusion to adopt a resolution calling for this aggression to stop. "This is not going after a political group. This is 1.8 million civilians in the Gaza Strip."

But the Israeli UN ambassador Ron Prosor said: "Israel does not shy away from accepting responsibility. Members of the international community have been quick to condemn Israel, but slow to condemn Hamas for its war crimes."

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