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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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Unicef: Gaza children face 'extraordinarily bleak' future

More than 400 children have been killed in Israel's assault on Gaza, while almost a thousand times as many face an "extraordinarily bleak" future, the top Unicef official in Gaza has said.

Palestinian children Palestinians enjoy an afternoon out during the first day of a three day ceasefire in Gaza city. Credit: Reuters

How do we expect parents and caregivers to care for their children and to raise them in a positive and nurturing way when they themselves are barely functioning as humans?

People have lost entire strands of their family in one blow.

– Pernille Ironside, head of Unicef field office, Gaza

By 4 August, 408 Palestinian children were reported to have been killed, 31% of all civilian casualties. More than 70% of the 251 boys and 157 girls killed were 12 or younger.

Even before the latest violence, Gaza's children were schooled in shifts because of a lack of schools and graduated into a job market with 59 percent youth unemployment.

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