Terrorists threaten Israel: 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"
Earlier, PRC Spokesman Abu Mujahid said the group will respond to "Israel's dangerous escalation by all means available." Speaking shortly after the IDF assassinated the group's chief, the spokesman said his group was no longer committed to a lull in Gaza vis-à-vis Israel.
Hamas: Blow won't break usHamas also harshly condemned the Israeli strike, with senior group figure Ismail Radwan stressing that the Palestinian people have a right to defend themselves.
Referring to the assassination of senior PRC terrorist Ahmad al-Khanini, also killed in Friday's IDF strike, Hamas added that Israel breached the terms of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap by assassinating a detainee released in the deal.
"This blow will not break our power or the resistance," Radwan said. "Israel is making an effort to sow confusion in the Palestinian theater and thwart inter-Palestinian reconciliation."
Earlier, the IDF said that al-Qaisi was involved in the final stages of planning a major terror attack on Israel's border with Egypt. Also Friday, military officials said that Israel will not tolerate ongoing rocket attacks on southern communities.
Following Friday's strike, an IDF official said that the army "is not interested in escalation, yet is prepared to safeguard the State of Israel's residents and respond powerfully and determinedly to any attempt to carry out terror activity."
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