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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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Britain to give extra £2m for Gaza aid

The UK will donate an additional £2 million to provide mattresses, blankets, cooking equipment and other essentials for almost 8,000 families caught up in the conflict in Gaza.

A Palestinian woman searches for water amid buildings destroyed by Israeli air strikes and shelling in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Credit: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

The funds will be added to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's Gaza flash appeal and brings Britain's contribution to Gaza aid to £15 million in the past two weeks.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: "The UK is responding to the immediate needs of the people of Gaza whose everyday life is now intolerable. UK aid is getting water, food and shelter to families who are suffering and getting hospitals back up and running so they can treat the injured."

She added that an "immediate and unconditional" ceasefire respected by all sides in the conflict was now essential.

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