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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Hamas and Israel maintain ceasefire despite violence

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Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend a temporary ceasefire for five days, allowing the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza.

Yet even as the extension was announced minutes before a previous truce was set to expire at midnight, violence erupted with Palestinian militants firing five rockets at Israel and Israel targeting sites across the Gaza Strip in response.

The ceasefire extension is meant to grant both sides additional time to negotiate a longer-term truce and a road map for the coastal territory.

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