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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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Hamas: Israel 'failed' to kill Gaza military leader

An Israeli airstrike failed to kill the commander of Hamas armed wing in Gaza, according to the militant group.

In a televised statement, a masked spokesman for the Izz-el-Din al-Qassam Brigade said Israel had missed its target, Mohammed Deif.

Israeli fighter planes bombed a house in northern Gaza, killing Deif's wife, his seven-month-old son and three other people yesterday.

The spokesman said: "The leaders of the enemy were behind their offices looking at the screens and their intelligence and apparatuses made them believe that the moment of celebration was imminent. You have failed and you have missed."

He also warned of further Hamas rocket attacks on Israel's strategic interests, including Ben Gurion airport east of Tel Aviv from early on Thursday morning.

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