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IDF soldier near Egypt border Photo: IDF Spokesman
IDF soldier near Egypt border Photo: IDF Spokesman

IDF: Killed terror chief planned mega-attack

PRC chief killed in Gaza strike was planning major terror attack on Egypt border, army says

Yoav Zitun
Latest Update: 03.09.12, 17:49 / Israel News

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.


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Al-Qaisi was assassinated in order to avert the mega-attack, which was in final stages of preparations, the IDF said.


Assassination aftermath (Photo: Reuters)
Assassination aftermath (Photo: Reuters)


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.


According to Palestinian reports, the second fatality in Friday's IDF strike was Ahmad al-Khanini, a senior PRC terrorist freed last year in the framework of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap.


Meanwhile, the Popular Resistance Committees said it will respond to "Israel's dangerous escalation by all means available."


Speaking after the IDF assassinated the group's chief, PRC Spokesman Abu Mujahid said his group was no longer committed to a lull in Gaza vis-à-vis Israel.




First Published: 03.09.12, 17:32


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