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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Hammond calls for 'immediate ceasefire' in Gaza

The UK Foreign Secretary has called for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza.

Philip Hammond has called for immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

I spoke to Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni this morning to discuss how to resolve the crisis in Gaza. I reiterated the UK’s position on the need for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, for every effort to be made to prevent further civilian casualties. Hamas must also cease the firing of rockets at Israeli communities and endangering the lives of the Israeli population.

– Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Palestinian officials say 1,775 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Gaza. Israel has confirmed that 67 soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian shelling has also killed three civilians in Israel.

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