Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Gaza Claims Rocket Strikes On Israel, Group Leader Encourages Suicide Attacks

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May 11, 2021

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On May 10, 2021, Al-Qaeda-aligned Gaza-based Jaysh Al-Ummah Al-Salafi officially claimed in a series of posts three barrages of rocket fire targeting Israel "in defense of the Muslims in Jerusalem."[1]

Al-Raya Media Foundation, the group's media, reported on Telegram: three rockets fired at the town of Sderot at 6:23 am; an RPG attack in the Western Negev at 3:30 pm; and a rocket attack on Ashkelon at 9:30 pm. The posts said that all three attacks took place on May 10.

 

A post noted that the delay in publishing the claims was for "security reasons," promising to provide videos documenting the attacks once the footage was made available.

Another post threatened, on behalf of the group, to continue attacking Israeli targets "until the flocks of apes and pigs leave [Palestine] and the siege on the murabiteen who are performing i'tikaf [i.e., Palestinians performing a sit-in] in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is broken."

In what appears to be incitement for the group's supporters inside Israel to carry out suicide attacks, the organization's Telegram channel quoted Abu Hafs Al-Maqdisi, the group's leader, as saying that "despite the impact of using missiles on the battlefield, we have lost one of our most influential powerful tools against our enemies: martyrdom operations. May Allah grant victory to the mujahedeen and provide them with steadfastness."

 

[1] Telegram, Al-Rayah Foundation, May 10, 2021.

 

 

 

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