ISIS in Sinai Threatens to Bomb Eilat in Coming Days
An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula posted a threat against Israel on its Facebook page on Thursday, saying the group would shell the southernmost Israeli city of Eilat in the coming days.
The organization, formerly known as Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis is today called Wilayat Sina.
The group, which has launched several terrorist attacks against Egyptian security personnel in the restive Sinai over the past few years, has sworn loyalty to the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and has announced close ties with the Islamic State branch operating in the Gaza Strip.
One of the terror group’s activists, Abu Othman Al-Musuli — a nom de guerre revealing his Iraqi origins — also posted on one of Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis’ Facebook pages that the organization is seeking to recruit new operatives into its service, according to Israeli news portal NRG.
Al-Musuli called on activists living in Egypt to move to Sinai to strengthen the ranks of the terrorist organization, which has also staged several attacks against Hamas, with the ultimate goal of taking over the Gaza Strip.
Al-Musuli’s social media post included a verbal assault against Hamas and its military wing and claimed that the Gaza-ruling group “has abandoned jihad against the Jews and launched a campaign to hunt down Salafists in Gaza that identify with ISIS,” a common acronym for the Islamic State.
He also alleged that Hamas is carrying out negotiations with Israel, committing the same mistake as rival Palestinian faction Fatah had done before, and said that negotiations with the enemy would not bring about a solution to the Palestinian issue.
Hamas in Gaza fought a 50-day war against Israel last summer, firing thousands of rockets indiscriminately at Israeli cities.
The threats to attack Eilat do not come as a complete surprise to Israel, which has reinforced its security on the country’s border with Sinai in anticipation of an attack against the Jewish state or IDF patrols.