Palestinians children wait for treatment, following an Israeli airstrike on a building, at the treatment room of Al-Najar hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
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An Israeli airstrike killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip Thursday, a clear sign of its intention to hit the group's armed leadership days after a cease-fire failed.Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammad Barhoum, the three highest-ranking casualties it has announced since Israel started its offensive six weeks ago.It said both had been leading fighting against Israel in the south of Gaza, where some of the most intense combat has occurred.Palestinian health officials said 26 Palestinians, including three children, the Hamas commanders and at least two other militants, were killed in Israeli airstrikes Thursday.Sixty-four Israeli soldiers have been killed in the conflict, as well as three civilians in Israel.Hamas has said it will not relent until the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the Gaza Strip is lifted.While Israel says it has killed several hundred Hamas militants in the conflict, they have largely been frontline fighters, not the organization's commanders.
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