Gaza group’s leader added to U.S. State Department terrorist list

A rocket attack on Israel from Gaza. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The leader of a terrorist group operating in Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula has been designated by the U.S. State Department as a foreign terrorist. 

Abdallah al-Ashqar—a Palestinian who is reported to be the leader of the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC), which America designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in August 2014—has been designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 1322, which targets terrorists and those providing support to them. 

Al-Ashqar serves on the terror group’s military committee and is also its foreign relations liaison, a role in which he was workd to obtain missiles and other materials to attack Israel. 

According to the State Department, MSC, which has links to al-Qaeda, has been involved in several attacks against Israel since the group was founded in 2012, including a 2013 rocket attack against the southern Israeli city of Eilat and previous terror attacks that used improvised explosive devices to kill Israeli civilians near the Egyptian border.

Posted on January 14, 2015 .