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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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DEC: Gaza appeal raises £4.5 million in a day

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said its appeal for Gaza has raised over £4.5m in less than 24 hours.

The fact that the Gaza Crisis Appeal has reached more than #4.5m in under 24 hours from launch is a testament to the amazing generosity of the British public. We have also benefited from the kind support of DFID (Department for International Development), which matched the first £2m donated by the public. The funds are desperately needed, with on-going fighting in Gaza creating an unbearable situation for families and children.

– DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed
A boy sleeps in a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians in Gaza City. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes, the healthcare system is on the verge of collapse and many people have little or no clean water. Despite the end of the ceasefire, aid is getting through and many of our member agencies are still working on the ground. But with the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, they urgently need more money to scale up their life-saving work.

– DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed

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