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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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Israel says it will not send envoys to Egypt for talks

A Palestinian delegation was set to fly to Cairo for new truce negotiations, which would include Hamas's demand that Egypt ease movement across its border with blockaded Gaza.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi. Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

They (Hamas) cannot be trusted to keep their word. They cannot stop (firing) because, for them, a ceasefire at this stage, whether by arrangement or not by arrangement, would mean acknowledging the worst possible defeat. I believe this is the point at which the ground manoeuvres should be brought to an end. Hamas can be hit as much as will be required in response to firing that, I expect, will persist.

– Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel's Channel Two television.

But Israel said it would not send its own envoys as scheduled on Saturday.

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