In this 2007 photo, Nizar Rayan, center, is seen during Hamas military exercise in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip.
On Thursday, the sixth day of airstrikes on Gaza, Israel attacked the home of a Hamas leader, Nizar Rayan, in a Palestinian refugee camp, killing Rayan and several members of his family.
Rayan was the most senior Hamas figure to be killed by Israel since Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi in 2004.
“Operation Cast Lead” has now left at least 420 Palestinians dead and more than 2,100 wounded, according to Palestinian emergency services.
Rockets fired from Gaza have killed four people and wounded dozens in Israel.
Thursday’s Israeli strikes also hit the parliament and justice ministry in the main Hamas government complex, as well as rocket launching sites, tunnels for smuggling weapons or supplies into the territory and weapons storage facilities, a military spokeswoman said.