Islamic State-linked group claims mortar attack on Hamas base in Gaza

The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( A terror group that claims affiliation with Islamic State reportedly launched a mortar attack on a Hamas terrorist base in southern Gaza on Friday. 

The group, which calls itself “Supporters of the Islamic State in Jerusalem,” said it fired two 82mm-mortar rounds at a base of Hamas’s “armed wing,” the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, near Khan Yunis in Gaza, AFP reported. 

Another bomb attack earlier this week had targeted Hamas’s security headquarters in Gaza. Hamas has launched a widespread crackdown on pro-Islamic State groups in the coastal enclave it governs, including the deployment of masked gunmen into Salafi extremist strongholds and the establishment of checkpoints.

The current tensions between the two terrorist groups began May 3, when Hamas destroyed a mosque belonging to the Jerusalem-based Islamic State supporters. That group responded by issuing a statement in which it threatened to kill Hamas members unless the Palestinian terror group releases several men whom it detained, including a local Salafi sheikh.

Posted on May 8, 2015 .