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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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Fresh Gaza ceasefire due to begin after air strikes

The latest 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza is due to start at 10pm BST, following Israeli air strikes and shelling that medics said killed nine Palestinians in the region today, including a 14-year-old boy.

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire from a suspected air strike in Gaza City today. Credit: Reuters

One air strike destroyed the home of Gaza City's mayor, Nezar Hijazi, across the street from a bureau for the Reuters news agency where reporters and cameramen hit the floor as the explosion occurred.

There were no casualties in the attack because Israel telephoned warnings to residents in the house and neighbouring buildings.

The Israeli military said it targeted 11 "terror squads" in Gaza among them gunmen involved in or preparing to fire rockets.

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