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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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Hamas 'deliberately threw away' chance for peace

Hamas has "deliberately thrown away" a chance for peace in Gaza, the Israeli prime minister's spokesman has said.

Mark Regev said Hamas opened fire on Israeli forces and captured a soldier "barely an hour and a half" after the ceasefire commenced.

An Israeli soldier carries a shell at a mobile artillery unit as it fires on the Gaza Strip. Credit: REUTERS/ Baz Ratner

"Since then, Hamas has targeted the border area with mortar shells and have shot rockets deep into Israel," he continued.

"Let's be clear, not only has Israel taken casualties but Hamas has deliberately, yet again, thrown away a chance for humanitarian relief for the people of Gaza, by deliberately violating this ceasefire."

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