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Israeli Airstrike Kills Six in Southern Gaza Town of Rafah


Israeli aircraft have fired missiles into the Gaza Strip, killing six people, including a senior commander of the Popular Resistance Committee.

The Israeli army said a vehicle carrying several militants was hit Friday as it was leaving a training camp in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. Palestinian officials say Iyad Abu al-Aynin and his young daughter were among those killed in the attack.

The Popular Resistance Committee is an umbrella organization with ties to the militant Islamic group Hamas, which took control of the Palestinian government last week.

Palestinian officials, meanwhile, have been giving conflicting accounts about the Hamas-led government's willingness to embrace a two-state solution with Israel. On Friday, Hamas leaders did, however, confirm a report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that the group was trying to broker a deal to extend a truce it has been observing with Israel for the past year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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