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At least four members of the same family were killed as Israel resumed its airstrikes in Gaza City. Earlier, in the southern town of Rafah, an Israeli airstrike killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing, the group said. (Aug. 21)

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Gaza City, Gaza Strip - August 21, 2014

1. Pan from wailing relatives to covered bodies of three children being wheeled on stretcher

2. Relatives running after stretcher carrying bodies

3. Various of relatives wailing, other relatives trying to console them

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Rafah, Gaza Strip - August 21, 2014

7. Various of bulldozer clearing rubble of four-storey house, where six people were killed, three of them believed to be senior Hamas commanders

8. Ambulance and local residents at scene

9. Two residents sitting on rubble

10. Residents watching bulldozer clearing rubble

11. Resident standing on damaged building

12. Various of bulldozer clearing rubble

STORYLINE:

At least four members of the same family were killed as Israel resumed its airstrikes in Gaza City on Thursday morning.

Distressed relatives cried as the bodies of 35-year-old Nasr Ziad Al-Rifi and his three children were taken to a nearby morgue.

Earlier, in the southern town of Rafah, an Israeli airstrike killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing, the group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organisation's morale and a significant achievement for Israel's intelligence agency.

The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house, killing six people, including the three commanders.

They were later identified by Hamas as Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum.

Israel's military said in a statement that Abu Shamaleh had been the top Hamas commander in southern Gaza, overseeing fighters there during the current war.

It said Attar was in charge of weapons smuggling into Gaza and the construction of attack tunnels.

In 2006, Attar was involved in the capture of an Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit, through such a tunnel, said the statement.

It did not refer to Barhoum.

The Rafah attack came just a day after an apparent Israeli attempt to kill the top Hamas military leader, Mohammed Deif, in an airstrike on a house in Gaza City.

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