Daesh supporters claim attack on Hamas in Gaza

Published May 9th, 2015 - 07:21 GMT
Hamas security forces on guard in Gaza City, 2013.  (AFP/File)
Hamas security forces on guard in Gaza City, 2013. (AFP/File)

A militant group new to the Gaza Strip claimed a Friday mortar attack on a base run by Hamas, the Islamist movement currently in charge of the blockaded coastal Palestinian territory, reported AFP. 

The group claiming Friday’s attack calls itself Supporters of ISIS in Jerusalem and says it fired two 82 mm mortar rounds at the Hamas military base in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis. 

While witnesses told AFP they heard explosions near Khan Younes, Interior Ministry in Gaza spokesman Iyad al-Bozum denied there was mortar fire, calling the militant group’s claim “baseless.” 

Daesh, also known as ISIS, has no confirmed presence in the Gaza Strip.  However, some Gazans have pledged allegiance to the extremist group, which controls territory across Syria and Iraq

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