Israeli forces kill top Hamas commanders

Aug 21, 2014, 7:47 AM EDT
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference with Secretary General of The United Nations Ban Ki- Moon on July 22, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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An Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza has killed three senior Hamas military commanders, militants say. The BBC writes:

Mohammed Abu Shamala, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar died in the attack near the southern town of Rafah.

They were among at least 19 killed, a day after Hamas's military chief Mohammed Deif reportedly survived a strike that killed his wife and child.

An Israeli was severely injured as rockets were fired into Israel on Thursday, the army said.

Hostilities resumed after peace talks collapsed on Tuesday. Israel has vowed to pursue its campaign until "full security" is achieved. Six weeks of fierce fighting have left at least 2,103 people dead, all but 67 of them Palestinians and most of them said to be civilians.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, meanwhile, lashed out on Wednesday at Egypt for delaying its humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza. The Jerusalem Post writes:

“Egypt has not issued a permit for Iranian planes carrying aid to Gaza despite the fact that it is now a long time Tehran has asked for this,” Abdollahian told Iran’s Fars News Agency.

Regarding wounded Palestinian children that need medical care, he said, “We expect Egypt to urgently fulfill its duties in this regard.” Abdollahian met last week with his Egyptian counterpart in Tehran to discuss the Gaza situation and ways to deliver aid.

Three weeks ago, Iran had criticized Egypt for delaying permits needed to deliver aid to Gaza and to transport wounded women and children out of the area for medical treatment. Egypt’s government, at odds with Hamas, has long added its own border closure to an Israeli blockade, making some exceptions for humanitarian or other cases. It rejected the allegations of unnecessary delay.

“This is unacceptable. We hope Egypt will live up to its Arab, Islamic and humanitarian responsibilities against Zionist crimes in Gaza,” Abdollahian said at the time.

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