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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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Hamas: Lift Gaza blockade and free our prisoners

Many residents have no homes to go back to in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

Hamas' wants the Israel-imposed blockade in Gaza lifted and their prisoners released before they will consider agreeing to a lasting ceasefire.

"Unless the conditions of the resistance are met, the negotiating team will withdraw from Cairo and then it will be up to the resistance in the field," a senior commander of the armed wing told Reuters.

So far Israel has resisted the demands but Israel's armed forces chief, Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz said should Hamas disrupt the calm "we will not hesitate to continue to use our force wherever necessary to ensure the security of Israeli citizens near and far."

Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Reuters television: "For Israel the most important issue is the issue of demilitarisation. We must prevent Hamas from rearming, we must demilitarise the Gaza Strip,"

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