Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said on Friday in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets towards “occupied Palestine” earlier in the day. Israeli security forces said earlier that two rockets landed in open areas in Israel’s Negev region. No damage or injuries were reported. A short time beforehand, rocket sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the Gaza border, after which security forces began a search for the projectiles. Both rockets have since be located.
Following Wednesday’s deadly string of attacks launched by Islamic State terrorists in Sinai, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended his regards to the families of the victims, saying “Our hearts are with the Egyptian people. We send our condolences to the Egyptian government and the families of those who were killed in battle with the cruel terror.”
Netanyahu also remarked that “several months ago, when we said that ISIS were launching attacks on our borders, people were skeptical. But here we see before our very eyes, ISIS operating with unusual cruelty both on our northern and southern borders.”
Netanyahu reiterated the comparison between the barbaric terrorist organization and Iran, saying that “the attacks we are seeing carried out by ISIS are nothing compared to what the Iranian regime has in store.
We know ISIS has no love for any religion other than its version of Islam (including those who practice the Muslim faith in a manner in which ISIS finds heretical). And destroying antiquities in Iraq? Well, that’s just what they seem to do best.
Combine the two and we have the Tomb of Nahum in their cross hairs.
A shoot out in the Gaza claims the life of a man with ties, authorities say, to ISIS. Killed by Hamas security forces.
Israel has been bolstering its forces on the Golan Heights amid fears that Islamic State (Isis) jihadists are close to gaining control of the Syrian side of the strategic plateau.
Islamic State loyalists in Syria have made attempts in recent weeks to expand the extremist group’s territory near the border with Israel, but have been twice thwarted by Syrian rebels along the Golan Heights. Israel has not yet responded to the incidents, even as mortar shells from the battles with ISIS fighters landed across the border into Israeli territory, Israeli news site Ynetnews said.
More than 100 rings with ISIS-related insignia and bound for Gaza have been seized at Tel Aviv’s main airport, Israeli tax officials said on Tuesday.
Thirty Egyptian tribes based in Sinai said on Sunday they would confront militant groups including an Islamic State affiliate that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police, in a possible boost to Egypt’s efforts to improve security.
Hamas has arrested dozens of Salafi-jihadists who are affiliated with Islamic State, sources in the Gaza Strip said. They said the arrests came following a series of bombings, which were reportedly carried out by the Salafi-jihadists in recent weeks.