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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Obama calls for soldier's 'unconditional' release

US President Obama condemned the reported capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas militants "moments" after the agreed 72 hour ceasefire.

Speaking from Washington, he said if Hamas were serious about peace, the soldier needed to be released immediately, and without conditions.

He said the loss of civilian life that has occurred over the past three weeks was "heartbreaking" and a ceasefire would have protected those innocent Palestinians being killed.

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