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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Gaza truce holds as both sides agree to more talks

A new truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding despite a shaky start. Both sides agreed to give Egyptian-brokered peace negotiations in Cairo more time to try to end the Gaza war.

Palestinian children wait to collect water during a five-day truce in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Credit: Reuters

The Israeli military said Gaza militants had breached the truce by firing eight rockets at Israel shortly after midnight. In response, Israeli fighter planes targeted "rocket launchers and terror sites" across the enclave.

No casualties were reported and hostilities died down by dawn.

The second extension of the ceasefire has raised hopes that a longer-term resolution to the conflict can be found.

A senior Hamas official who returned to Gaza from the negotiations in Cairo said they had been tough but expressed some optimism.

"There is still a real chance to clinch an agreement," Khalil al-Hayya told reporters, saying that it depended on Israel not "playing with language to void our demands."

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