Date
23 October 2017
Relatives mourn the death of the seven-month-old son of Hamas top military commander Mohammed Deif in northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
Relatives mourn the death of the seven-month-old son of Hamas top military commander Mohammed Deif in northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Hamas says Israel killed three top Gaza commanders

Hamas said three of its senior military commanders were killed in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum were killed in the bombing of a house in the southern town of Rafah, according to the militant Palestinian group.

The Israeli military made no immediate comment, although a spokeswoman said its aircraft carried out 20 assaults in Gaza on Thursday. 

Late on Tuesday Israel targeted Hamas’s top military commander, Mohammed Deif, but failed to kill him, the report said. Deif’s wife and seven-month-old son were killed in the air strike, Hamas said.

Egyptian-mediated talks to end weeks of deadly fighting between Israel, Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza collapsed on Tuesday when violence broke out after 10 days of relative calm.

Palestinian health officials said 2,050 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the fighting. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have also been killed.

About 425,000 people have been displaced by the conflict, according to the United Nations.

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