The Israeli Air Force foiled a terrorist attack early Sunday in the third counterterrorist strike in 24 hours, successfully targeting a cell preparing to fire at Israelis. The latest counterterrorist measure killed at least one terrorist. On Saturday, Air Force jets struck three terrorist targets in northern and central Gaza in retaliation for a Grad missile attack on southen Israel.
INN In the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, the Air Force struck a second timein a significant counterterrorist action that eliminated two senior terrorists on motorbikes. They were identified as Jordanian national Sheikh Hisham al-Saedini, 43, also known as Abu Al-Waleed Al-Maqdissi, of the Mujahedeen Shura, and fellow Salafist Islamic terrorist Fayek Abu Jazar, 42. News services described him as an “activist.”
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 organization promotes a radical concept based on the principles of jihad and Salafism.
The Shura Council organization, according to the IDF statement, is responsible for a series of terror attacks inside Israel. Al-Saedini had been responsible for terrorist activity in Gaza. He had been previously been interrogated and imprisoned for a lengthy time period by Hamas, but was released in August of 2012, despite Hamas being aware of his involvement in terrorism.
The IDF noted that since his release from Hamas’ prison, Al-Saedini had been planning a massive terror attack in cooperation with terrorists from Gaza and with Salafis based in the Sinai Peninsula.
Saedini was one of the founders of the Mujahedeen Shura in Jerusalem. The terrorist group operated as part of the worldwide Jihadist war and was involved in several attacks and plots against Israeli civilians and soldiers. The same terrorist group also planted dozens of bombs along the IDF patrol route at the Gaza security fence and also fired on soldiers.
Israel’s counterterrorist actions have intensified the past week. Before the three strikes in the last 24 hours, Israeli jets on Thursday raided a Hamas training several hours after Gaza terrorists fired two rockets into southern Israel.
The Mujahideen Shura Council had issued a statement earlier, saying it was behind a Grad missile attack on Netivot Friday night. The rocket exploded in the yard of a residential building, causing one person to suffer from shock.
Gaza-based terrorists have fired more than 60 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 Gazahit 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.