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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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Three day Gaza ceasefire is 'precious time,' says Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: Reuters

The three day ceasefire in Gaza is "precious time" to try and resolve the conflict, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

Kerry explained that while the United States is grateful that the violence and bloodshed can stop for more than 24 hours "it is up to the parties, all of them, to take advantage of this moment."

He added: "There are no guarantees. This is a difficult, complicated issue, years and years in the building, and I think everybody knows it has not been easy to get to this point.

"It is imperative people make the best effort to try to find common ground and do so."

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