A Palestinian grieves over the body of one of three men killed at a local cemetery following an Israeli military strike on Gaza City, on August 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ALI HASSAN
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Israeli warplanes assassinated three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza Thursday, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief.As the six-week war between Israel and Hamas raged on leaving truce talks in tatters, a pre-dawn airstrike killed three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. The deadly strikes came 36 hours after Israel tried and failed to assassinate Brigades chief Mohammad Deif, who has topped its most wanted list for more than a decade.Around 27 people were killed in Israeli strikes across Gaza Thursday, day 45 of the bloody conflict.On the Israeli side, 67 people have been killed, 64 of them soldiers.It said the widespread killing of civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure during the Israeli operation was the worst it had witnessed in 20 years of working in Gaza.
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