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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 'attempted to assassinate Hamas military leader'

Hamas says an Israeli bombing of a house in Gaza City last night was an attempt to assassinate its military leader, Mohammed Deif.

Smoke is seen after what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City yesterday. Credit: Reuters

There was no official confirmation from Israel, which has targeted Deif in air strikes at least four times since the mid-1990s, holding him responsible for the deaths of dozens of its citizens in suicide bombings.

"I am convinced that if there was intelligence that Mohammed Deif was not inside the home, then we would not have bombed it," Yaakov Perry, Israel's science minister and former security chief, told Army Radio.

A Hamas official said that Deif does not use the house.

Three bodies were pulled from the rubble. Hospital officials identified them as Deif's wife, his seven-month-old son and a 20-year-old man.

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