A former Palestinian footballer, Ahed Zaqout, is believed to have been killed by an Israeli bomb that hit his apartment last week.
"Palestine has lost one of its best players, he may have been the best midfielder we ever had," Gaza sports journalist Khaled Zaher told Reuters.
The 49-year-old was not known to belong to any particular political entity and had never expressed clear political views.
The midfielder captained the junior national side and turned out once for the full national team in 1994.
More recently, Zaqout turned to coaching and hosted a sports show on national Palestinian television.
There have been two days of quiet in Gaza. No rockets or missiles, no more destroyed houses, no more ambulance sirens screaming.
A three-year-old girl has been rescued from Gaza and brought to London for life-saving heart surgery.
A small team of NHS doctors and surgeons is travel to Gaza to set up facilities and establish how best to use specialists and equipment.