Hamas Funds ISIS Sinai Branch; Receives Help Smuggling Weapons Into Gaza
JNS.org – The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas has reportedly been funding the Islamic State terror group’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in exchange for help with smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip.
Hamas is reportedly paying the Islamic State fighters for shipments of explosive propellant material that Hamas needs in order to make rockets, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
The most recent report on Hamas’s cooperation with Islamic State in the Sinai comes after a report that the commander of Islamic State terrorist forces in the Sinai Peninsula, Shadi al-Menei, was secretly meeting with Gaza-based Hamas leaders in early December in order to grow their cooperation to launch more attacks against Egypt and Israel.
Al-Menei and leaders of Hamas’s “military wing” were reportedly discussing the ongoing supply of weapons sought by Hamas, which governs Gaza. Hamas has also supplied Islamic State with weapons, including Cornet anti-tank missiles that have been used against the Egyptian military.