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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 denies troops and tanks are leaving Gaza

Israel's military has denied reports that troops and equipment are being pulled out of Gaza.

An Israeli tank drives near the border with Gaza. Credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias

Infantrymen and tanks appeared to be leaving the troubled region in footage shown on some local and international media,

But Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said they were "awaiting further orders and preparing a course of action for the next stage."

He said: "We are redeploying and regrouping, and we have extensive forces both on the ground in Gaza and on the border at this time."

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