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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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Kerry 'made 100 calls' in bid to broker Gaza ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry made more than 100 calls over the last 10 days in a bid to stop the bloodshed in Gaza, his aides have revealed.

Kerry had been pushing for a deal all week and made several dozen phone calls yesterday alone, it was claimed.

It is hoped the 72-hour truce will be long enough to get peace talks started.

Even so, there is no guarantee the ceasefire will hold once it is up on Monday morning.

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