(JNS.org) The commander of Islamic State terrorist forces in the Sinai Peninsula, Shadi al-Menei, is reportedly secretly meeting with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip in order to grow their cooperation to launch more attacks against Egypt and Israel.
According to the report by Israel’s Channel 2, al-Menei and leaders of Hamas’s “military wing” are discussing the ongoing supply of weapons sought by Hamas, which governs Gaza. Hamas has also supplied Islamic State with weapons, including Cornet anti-tank missiles, that have been used against the Egyptian military.
Al-Menei is the founder of the Sinai terror group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which later pledged allegiance to Islamic State and is now referred to as the jihadist group’s Sinai affiliate. The group has waged a bloody insurrection against the Egyptian government led by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
In addition to battling Egyptian forces, al-Menei has been behind a number of terror attacks against Israel, including rocket fire on the southern Israeli city of Eilat and a 2011 terrorist attack that targeted an Israeli bus as well as military vehicles that killed six Israeli civilians, two soldiers, and several Egyptian soldiers.
The coordination comes despite past reports of clashes between Hamas and Islamic State supporters in Gaza. Hamas has cracked down on Islamic State sympathizers over fears that they might try to overthrow the Palestinian terror group.