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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Israel's operation to find missing soldier escalates

By Geraint Vincent, Middle East Correspondent

There is still sketchy information and a very confusing situation here over the alleged capture of Israeli solider Hadar Goldin.

Hadar Goldin, the IDF thought to be captured by Hamas. Credit: IDF handout.

The IDF was fairly clear this morning, it said the young officer had been abducted, detailing how Hamas fighters emerged from a tunnel that the Israeli army was trying to destory in Gaza, and that a suicide bomber had been deployed in the attack and two Israeli soldiers had been killed.

Since that time though, there has been no confirmation from Hamas, that they are indeed holding this Israeli soldier.

If Hamas have taken this soldier then it maybe to improve their negoitating position in ceasefire talks which are supposed to be taking place in the next few days.

The danger in that strategy is that Israel does not want to talk, does not want this issue to be on the table.

Its operation today is focused on finding that missing soldier, and that is why the violence has increased to such a level in southern Gaza.

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