IDF Seeks to Thwart Attack as Terror Leader Killed

The head of the Popular Resistance Committee terror group was killed in a strike by the Israel Air Force on Friday, while dozens of rockets from Gaza have been fired in the last 24 hours. According to the IDF spokesperson’s blog, senior operative Zahir Kaisi, also the political commander of the PRC, was part of a squad planning an upcoming terror attack via the Israel-Egypt border in Sinai, as well as past attacks.

However, the strike did not prevent all terrorism on Friday. The IDF Spokesperson Twitter feed said that major rocket-fire barrage from Gaza has injured multiple Israelis, including at least two critically. At one point 30 rockets were fired in 24 hours.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system has also been active, intercepting at least five rockets so far. The Twitter feed for IDF spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said that events for the Purim holiday in Southern Israel were canceled in light of the rocket strikes.

“The one thing in common for all the rockets launched tonight from #Gaza: they aimed at densely populated areas in #Israel,” wrote Leibovich.

(By Joshua Spurlock,, March 9, 2012)