3 senior commanders killed in Gaza – Hamas

Gaza City - The armed wing of Hamas announced on Thursday that three of its senior commanders were killed in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike in southern Gaza that medics said killed seven people.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades identified the three as Mohammed Abu Shamala, Raed al-Atar and Mohammed Barhum.

Witnesses said the strike, which took place in the southern city of Rafah on the Egyptian border, levelled a four-storey family home in Rafah.

The deadly raid strike came after the wife and infant son of the Brigades' top military leader, Mohammed Deif, were killed in an Israeli strike on a multi-storey building in Gaza City late Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Brigades said Deif had escaped the attack and warned foreign airlines to halt flights into Tel Aviv, vowing no let up in its six-week war with Israel.

Emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said eight Palestinians were killed in pre-dawn air strikes on Thursday - seven in Rafah and another in Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

It was not immediately clear if the three dead commanders were among, or in addition to, the seven dead recorded by medics.

At least 2 058 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side have now been killed since the conflict began on 8 July.

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Kobus Hattingh 2014-08-21 10:51:35 AM
Sorry but no sympathy here.
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-21 10:52:09 AM
Good good and good.
David Van Schalkwyk 2014-08-21 11:01:11 AM
Good news for a change... Bet you wont see many Pro Hamas comments here...
David Jones 2014-08-21 11:02:09 AM
What's the use because these people always have replacements. Only diplomacy and negotiations are the answer to this madness
Andrew Salies 2014-08-21 11:04:10 AM
The people of Gaza starting to betray Hamas because how do Isreal know where those killers are. Good work the people of Gaza. I just pray that the moslems all over the word can open their eyes.
James Uknow 2014-08-21 11:04:11 AM
Israel says HAMAS are the same as ISIS and alqueda ,yet these groups sees HAMAS as apostates and would first kill hamas before targetting Israel
Seek Anfind 2014-08-21 11:12:47 AM
Excellent! !! Keep it up Israel! !!
Bob Mearly 2014-08-21 11:20:47 AM
Well done IDF.
John Egeonu 2014-08-21 11:24:37 AM
The end of hamas is near.
David Luis 2014-08-21 11:55:59 AM
the last cease-fire was actually a brilliant move by Israel. it gave the false impression that the fight was over and the foreign reporters left Gaza. once away from the threat of murder if they report the truth they all showed footage and gave testimony of how HAMAS shot the rocket that hit the UNWRA school and how they fired rockets from within civilian population, knowing full well that Israel will fire at the source where the rockets are fired from.