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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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Israel 'ready to protect people' if Hamas violates truce

Israel said it is "ready to protect our people" if Hamas violates the 72-hour ceasefire currently in place in Gaza.

"Israel has repeatedly demonstrated our desire to put an end to the current violence," the Israeli prime minister's spokesman has said.

"We have accepted and honoured nine separate ceasefires, ceasefires that Hamas either rejected or violated," spokesman Mark Regev continued.

"If Hamas violates the current ceasefire too, we will of course be ready to act to protect our people from Hamas terror attacks."

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