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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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PM declines to brand Israel's Gaza attack 'criminal'

The Prime Minister has declined to say if he believes Israel's actions in Gaza are "criminal", as a tentative ceasefire takes effect.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Mr Cameron said UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon had been right to condemn an Israeli strike near a UN-run school in Gaza as "a moral outrage and a criminal act".

But he stopped short of using the same language himself, insisting:

I think the UN is right to speak out in the way that it has, because international law is very clear that there must not be the targeting of civilians or the targeting of schools if that is what has happened.

– David Cameron

Pressed on whether he regarded the attack as a "criminal act", Mr Cameron replied:

I'm not an international lawyer, so that's up to international lawyers. But international law is very, very clear that the use of force always has to be proportionate and civilians should not be targeted.We obviously do think it is appalling the loss of life that there has been.

From the start, though, we have also made the point that if the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel stop then that would be probably the fastest way to stop this conflict.

– David Cameron

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