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February 11, 2015 2:13 pm

Hamas Commander Killed by Egyptian Forces in Sinai

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A commander of the Hamas terrorist group's Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades was killed, Sky News Arabia reported. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – A commander of the Hamas terrorist group’s Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades was reportedly killed by an Egyptian army airstrike in the Sinai Peninsula.

Abdallah Saeed Kashta, 25, from the southern Gaza town of Rafah, was killed as part of a raid by Egyptian forces against the Islamic State-affiliated Wilayat Sinai jihadist group (formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis) last Friday, Sky News Arabia reported.

Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Kashta was cooperating with the Sinai jihadist group.

Earlier this month, an Egyptian court designated the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s “military wing,” as a terrorist organization. The crackdown on Hamas is part of a wider campaign in Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’s parent group.

On Tuesday, a video surfaced of Wilayat Sinai showing the decapitation of 10 men whom the group accused of spying for Israel and Egypt.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has waged a massive campaign to destroy Sinai-based terror groups, who have repeatedly attacked Egyptian military forces and civilians in the region.

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