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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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Ashdown: Israel-Hamas can't blast their way to victory

Former Lib Dem leader and peace envoy Paddy Ashdown said neither Israel nor Hamas "can blast their way to victory" and called for both sides to engage in peace talks.

Lord Ashdown told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "There is only one way to get peace now, and that is for the sides to sit down and start talking to each other.

An Israeli soldier walks near the border with the Gaza Strip. Credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner

"Hamas has to be at the table. Who's firing the rockets? It's Hamas, and so you have to talk to them.

"If an individual or an organisation has the support of the people who it represents, in the end you have to talk to them. We had to talk to the IRA, for goodness' sake."

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