Hamas Commander Killed by Egyptian Forces in Sinai
JNS.org – 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.