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Israel kills 3 senior Hamas commanders in Gaza

Aug. 21, 2014 9:49 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 23, 2014 2:44 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel killed three of Hamas' most prominent military commanders early Thursday in airstrikes targeting a building in Rafah.

The al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum were killed in the al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah.

Abu Shammala was the general commander of the al-Qassam Brigades in the southern Gaza Strip and Raed al-Attar was the commander of the Rafah district.

The two Hamas officials were on Israel's most wanted list, with both men accused of masterminding the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006.

Their bodies were taken to the Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital in Rafah while rescue teams continue to search for the body of Muhammad Barhoum.

Witnesses said Israeli warplanes fired at least 12 missiles at a three-story building the men were staying in.

Five other civilians were killed in the attack and at least 40 injured.

Hasan Hussein Younis, 75, his wife Amal Ibrahim Younis, 17-year-old Ahmad Nasser Killab, Nathira Killab and Aysha Atiyyeh were identified as those killed.

In the al-Nuseirat refugee camp, Israel killed two men after targeting a motorcycle. They were identified as Jumaa Matar, 27 and Omar Abu Nada, 22.

In northern Gaza, Israeli shelling killed Surour Tambora and his son Hasan, 13, medical sources said.

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