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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Kerry: Hamas must give up rockets in lasting ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Hamas must give up their rocket arsenal if there is any hope of a lasting ceasefire being agreed.

He said: "What we want to do is support the Palestinians and their desire to improve their lives and to be able to open crossings and get food in and reconstruct and have greater freedom.

"But that has to come with a greater responsibility towards Israel, which means giving up rockets, moving into a different plane."

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