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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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White House calls for permanent ceasefire in Gaza

The White House has called for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza following the announcement of a three day truce.

It also urged for "all parties to act with restraint" until the ceasefire begins at 8am local time (6am BST).

The White House also said it hopes talks can begin "immediately" in Cairo for a longer-term truce.

In a statement it added: "We believe the only sustainable way to address Israel's security concerns and enable Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives is through a permanent ceasefire agreement. "

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