Hamas Hosts ISIS Commander in Gaza to Expand Terror Cooperation
Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas is currently hosting an ISIS bigwig, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Thursday.
According to the report, Shadi Al-Mani’i (also known as Abu Mus’abi) — commander of Wilayat Sina, ISIS’ Sinai branch — is meeting with heads of Hamas’ military wing to discuss expanding cooperation between the two terror organizations.
Al-Mani’i has been wanted by Egyptian authorities for years and was even targeted in a failed assassination attempt last May. He has been accused of masterminding a number of terrorist attacks on Israelis, among them the 2011 attack on Route 12, in which nine Israelis were killed, and the firing of rockets at Eilat.
His visit to Gaza reflects the strengthening of ties between ISIS and Hamas. According to Israeli and Egyptian intelligence, nrg reported, Hamas has already been using its tunnels to smuggle advanced weapons to ISIS in the Sinai, which have been used in combat against the Egyptian army.