Kassam rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip 311 (R).
(photo credit: Nikola Solic / Reuters)
Hamas on Friday blamed Israel for what he called a "grave escalation" in
the South, after eight rockets were fired at the South and the IAF
carried out air strikes on Gaza targets.
"They want us to sink in darkness and in blood," he added.
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also condemned the strike, saying
that the escalation had caused a negative atmosphere, triggering a new
round of violence in the region.
The PRC responded with threats to reignite tensions along the testy frontier. "All options are open before the fighters to respond to this despicable crime. The assassination of our chief will not end our resistance," Abu Attiya, a spokesman for the PRC group said.
Terrorists pounded southern
Israel with rockets on Friday night, after an air strike killed the
secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees, Zuhair Qaisi.
the initial air strike, the IAF continued operations over Gazan skies
to track down rocket launching crews, and struck two cells making final
preparations to fire high-trajectory rockets into Israel. One of the
terror cells was in central Gaza and the other in northern Gaza.
The IDF confirmed hits on its targets.