Ayman Siam, the head of Hamas’ Rocket Corps, was killed today in an IAF airstrike, the military reported Thursday.
Hamas denied the report, and pledged to continue the jihad at all cost.
In addition, Palestinian sources told Israel Radio that an IAF sortie attacked the home of another Hamas official, Yahiye Sinwaar, who was released in the Gilad Shalit deal.
The Israel Radio report said that Israel has attacked or fired warning shots at more than 20 homes associated with Hamas or Islamic Jihad activists. Palestinians reported that 15 people had been killed in the strikes. Sources in Gaza also said Israel has blown up the interior minister’s office, as well as the central command of Hamas’ internal security service.
Hamas said in a statement that the organisation’s security force would continue to operate as normal despite the attacks.