PRC chief killed in Gaza strike was planning major terror attack on Egypt border, according to security sources.
The killed terror chief,
Zuhir al-Qaisi, who headed the Popular Resistance Committees group and served as its political chief, was involved in the lethal Egypt border attack on August 18, 2011 that left eight Israeli civilians dead.
PRC: Retaliation for IDF assassination to 'shake the earth'; man freed in Shalit deal also killed, Palestinians say.
Escalation in Gaza area: several barrages of rockets already launched towards Israel.
Latest Update: 03.09.12
A senior Gaza terrorist killed in an IDF strike Friday was planning a major terror attack on Israeli targets near the Egypt border, army officials said Friday.
Zuhir al-Qaisi, also known as Abu Ibraim, was planning a mega-attack in recent days that could have resulted in numerous casualties, the army said. The planned multipronged terror strike was to originate from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, military officials said.
Al-Qaisi was assassinated in order to avert the mega-attack, which was in final stages of preparations, the IDF said.
The killed terror chief, who headed the Popular Resistance Committees group and served as its political chief, was involved in the lethal Egypt border attack on August 18, 2011 that left eight Israelis dead.
Al-Qaisi was also involved in a terror attack at the Nahal Oz fuel terminal on the Gaza-Israel border in 2008 and in ongoing rocket fire on Israeli communities.
The Popular Resistance Committees' retaliation for the assassination of its leader will "shake the earth," the group threatened Friday, after the IDF killed Zuhir al-Qaisi in a strike on a Gaza vehicle.
A spokesman for Nasser Salah-al-Din Brigades, the organization's military wing, said the group ordered its fighters to respond to Qaisi's assassination."By harming secretary-general al-Qaisi, the Zionist enemy opened the doors of hell and revenge," he said. "The response will be of the same scope as the despicable crime"
Gaza Strip militants fired several barrages of rockets at southern Israel Friday evening after the IDFassassinated two senior terrorists earlier, including the secretary-general of the Popular Resistance Committees.
Israeli aircraft in turn targeted Palestinian rocket-launching cells, killing at least two terrorists as they were preparing to fire at Israel, Palestinian sources said. The two fatalities were taken to a local hospital.
Earlier, a three-rocket barrage landed in southern Israel, causing no injuries or damages. A short while later, another rocket landed in the south, also in an open area. According to other reports, the anti-rocket siren was activated in an industrial zone in the southern Israel city of Ashkelon. No rocket hits were reported in the area.
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