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5 Gaza militants slain as Israel shifts focus of its airstrikes
5 Gaza militants slain as Israel shifts focus of its airstrikes

In a strong signal that eliminating Palestinian militant commanders has become Israel’s top priority in this new phase of fighting in the Gaza Strip, three senior Hamas commanders and two with the smaller group Islamic Jihad were killed in airstrikes Thursday, according to officials and media reports. The latest strikes in Gaza appeared to be in keeping with a tactical shift on the part of Israel, which until this week had mainly targeted infrastructure such as infiltration tunnels and rocket-launching sites. ------------ FOR THE RECORD: Gaza Strip: An article in the Aug. 21 A section said that more than 2,000 Palestinian civilians had been killed in the conflict in the Gaza Strip....

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