The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terror group vowed to retaliate against Israel on Sunday after announcing that two men killed earlier in an IAF air strike were members of the group, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported.
The group confirmed that Izz Addin Abu Nuseira, 23, and Ahmad Abu Fatayir, 22, were affiliated with its Nasser Saladin Brigades. Both were killed when the IAF struck targets in the terrorist haven of Gaza for the fourth time in 24 hours Sunday afternoon.
The IAF said the targets were part of a terror squad that had fired a rocket at Israel a short time earlier, and was about to do so again.
"We hereby announce that it’s time to pay the toll and the occupation will have to bear the consequences of its crimes," the PRC said in a statement quoted by Ma’an.
The statement added that Abu Nuseira and Abu Fatayir fired five mortar shells at the Kissufim Israeli military site east of Khan Younis on Saturday.
IAF strikes Saturday killed a leader of a Salafist group, Hisham a-Saedini, as well as another Salafist terrorist.
All together, five people have been killed in IAF strikes on Gaza in the past 24 hours.
Hisham al-Saedini was one of the founders of the Mujahideen Shura Council, said the IDF, noting that this organization is affiliated with Global Jihad and was involved in extensive terrorist activity against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers over the years.
The Mujahideen Shura Council had issued a statement earlier, saying it was behind a Grad missile attack on NetivotFriday night.
The rocket exploded in the yard of a residential building, causing one person to suffer from shock.
Gaza-based terrorists have fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel this past week, most of which have fallen in open areas. The escalation in rocket attacks began after an Israeli air strike on Sunday in Gaza hit two Global Jihad terrorists.
The terrorists responded by firing over 50 rockets at Israel during the holiday of Simchat Torah alone, with more being fired in the days that followed.