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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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Suspending arms licences 'not a decision taken lightly'

Downing Street appears to have brushed off calls by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to suspend arms licences to Israel pending an ongoing government review.

A spokesman said the government had not issued any new licences to the Israeli military since that review was initiated. However, no decision has been made on suspensions.

Suspending export licences is not a decision we take lightly and it is right that we examine the facts fully. This is the approach being taken by the vast majority of countries.

We welcome the current ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, and continue to call for a political solution to be found.

– Downing Street spokesman

Earlier Vince Cable said he and Mr Clegg had pushed within government for a suspension of licences for military equipment that "might be used by Israel in Gaza", adding that they "hope and expect" such an agreement to be put in place shortly.

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