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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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Clegg: Israel must halt 'disproportionate' military action

Nick Clegg has urged Israel to halt its offensive and open talks with Hamas, claiming the Israeli military action "appears disproportionate".

Nick Clegg says the Israeli military action 'appears disproportionate'. Credit: PA Wire

Describing the images from Gaza as "harrowing and heartbreaking", the Deputy Prime Minister said neither side could escape blame over the ongoing violence, which has claimed the lives of over 1,600 Palestinians and 63 Israeli soldiers.

Writing in The Guardian, Mr Clegg said: "If Israel wants to secure lasting safety for its people, it must use political will, not military might, to break the cycle of violence.

"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must now put Israel’s long-term, strategic self-interest ahead of short-term, tactical military gains.

"It is time for the Israeli government to talk to the Hamas political leadership in Gaza."

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