- [Sources in Israeli intelligence note that the PRC, the Popular Resistance Committees, is run by none other than Muhammad Dahlan, Israel’s “partner” for negotiations in Gaza – DB]
The Popular Resistance Committees organization, which has carried out a number of high-profile terror attacks in recent years, has said that it has developed a rocket capable of striking targets 15 kilometers away, which after a planned IDF pullout from the Gaza Strip, would put southern Ashkelon within range of the projectile, Army Radio reported Wednesday.
The group identified the rocket as a Sajil.
A shadowy breakaway organization, the PRC has resisted bids for a truce in attacks against Israelis. Founded at the outset of the intifada by former Fatah and Tanzim member Jamal Abu Samhadana, the PRC’s ranks are made up of former members of Fatah including the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, as well as ex-Hamas and Islamic Jihad men.
The PRC is believed responsible for the October, 2003, bombing of a U.S. diplomatic convoy at Beit Hanoun, which killed three security guards and severely wounded a diplomat.
Among the other attacks attributed to the PRC are the November 20, 2000 bombing of a bus full of children as it passed near Kfar Darom killing two and maiming several others and a May, 2004 terror ambush in which Katif resident Tali Hatuel and her four daughters were shot dead.