An explosion is seen after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip January 1, 2009. Israel killed a senior Hamas leader in an air attack on his home on Thursday, striking its first deadly blow against the top ranks of the Islamist group in a Gaza offensive that has claimed more than 400 Palestinian lives.
An Iranian student sets a flame to a picture of U.S. President Bush, left and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, during an anti-Israel demonstration outside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Hard-line student groups appealed to the Iranian government to authorize volunteer suicide bombers to leave Iran and fight against Israel in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.
In this Aug. 5, 2005 file photo Hamas leader Nizar Rayan marches during a protest in the Jebaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Israel assassinated Rayan Thursday Jan. 1, 2009 by dropping a one-ton bomb on his house, also killing two of his wives and four of his children. This first assault on the top leadership of Gaza's ruling group escalated a crushing aerial offensive even as Israel declared itself ready to launch a ground invasion.