Egyptian forces today carried out a number of strikes on jihadist positions in the Sinai, killing at least eight militants. In addition, recent arrests in the Sinai have tied the MSC in Jerusalem to the recent killing of more than 20 policemen.
A Facebook page tied to a jihadist media unit of the MSC in Jerusalem has released a new poster threatening attacks against Eilat. The release comes about two weeks after the MSC in Jerusalem fired rockets at the southern Israeli city.
A new video from the MSC in Jerusalem praises Fahd Nizar al Habbash, a former member of Hamas’ police force in Gaza who traveled to Syria in 2013, where he is believed to have died fighting alongside the Al Nusrah Front.
Israeli intelligence agencies differ over the number of Salafi jihadists operating in the Egyptian Sinai, but they recognize a serious threat. One group, Gaza-based Jaish al Islam, is reportedly offering training camps for global jihadists.
The MSC in Jerusalem has taken responsibility for a rocket attack on Eilat just days after four members of the Salafi jihadist group Ansar Jerusalem were killed in the Sinai.
A new video praising Hithem Ziad Ibrahim Masshal, a well-known jihadist in the Gaza Strip, was released by the Ibn Taymiyyah Media Center to jihadist forums. Masshal, who was killed in April by the Israeli Air Force, is celebrated for his role in supporting jihadist groups in Gaza.
The PRC’s al Nasser Salah al Deen Brigades said arresting the “mujahideen” in the Gaza Strip does not serve the resistance against Israel.
The Gaza-based Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem issued a statement of condolence for the death of AQAP deputy leader Said al Shihri. Al Shihri’s death was recently confirmed by AQAP in a video statement.