Israel: Gaza militants fire rockets into Israel after IDF kills leader of Popular Resistance Committees (PRC)
Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets into Israel on Friday, after the Israel Air Force launched a strike in Gaza and killed the leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, who was believed to be planning a large terror attack on Israel’s southern border.
Amid the rocket fire on Friday evening, IDF forces launched two more strikes on Gaza targets, killing two Islamic Jihad militants who were preparing to fire rockets into Israel.
Israeli cities near the Gaza border were put on high alert on Friday evening, and the residents have been asked to stay close to bomb shelters. Highway 12, which runs along the Israel-Egypt border, was closed to traffic, and will remain closed on Saturday as well.
The hit on the secretary-general of the Popular Resistance Committees, Zuhir al-Qaisi, came after the IDF learned that he had been planning a terror attack on Israel’s Highway 12, which runs along the Egypt-Israel border, and was the site of a deadly terror attack in August 2011, in which eight Israelis were killed.
According to the IDF Spokesperson, al-Qaisi was one of the organizers of the August attack.