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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Hammond: 'We must redouble efforts for lasting solution in Gaza'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond applauded the US and Egypt for their part in the ceasefire. Credit: PA

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has welcomed the news of a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, but stressed the need to "redouble efforts" to bring about a lasting solution.

In a statement, Mr Hammond said the truce was "an achievement we have all been working tirelessly for".

But he added: "We should now redouble our efforts and leave no stone unturned to ensure this is a lasting and durable ceasefire to make way for substantial discussions to resolve the underlying issues on both sides."

The news was also hailed by former prime minister Tony Blair, who said there must be a "new and hopeful future for both sides".

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