Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

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Smoke rises from an Israeli airstrike Thursday on a residential area in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli jets fired at 20 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight. (Jim Hollander / European Pressphoto Agency)

The militant group Hamas said three of its senior military leaders were killed early Thursday in an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip that also killed at least seven other people.

The Israeli military confirmed carrying out the attack in response to continuing rocket fire from Palestinian militants in Gaza.

The latest strikes appeared to mark a tactical shift on the part of Israel, which until this week had largely refrained from targeting specific Hamas leaders. On Tuesday, Israeli forces made an apparent attempt to assassinate Hamas’ top military commander, killing his wife and infant son in an airstrike. Hamas said the commander, Mohammed Deif, was not present at the time.

Written by LAURA KING
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