Al-Qaeda-aligned Gaza-based Jaysh Al-Ummah Claims "Honor" Of Being First Group To Carry Out Rocket Attacks On Israeli Targets

May 12, 2021

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On May 11, 2021, the pro-Al-Qaeda Thabat News Agency shared on Telegram a May 10, 2021 statement by Al-Qaeda-aligned Gaza-based Jaysh Al-Ummah In Bait Al-Maqdes. In the statement, the group claimed the "honor" of being the first jihadi faction to carry out rocket attacks on Israel in response to the escalating tensions in eastern Jerusalem.[1]

The statement emphasized that the group's fighters had the "honor, with Allah's support and blessing, to strike the Jewish settlements that are close to Gaza with rockets." It highlighted that the group's attack comes in response to "the assault that was carried out by herds of Jews on the path of the Prophet  peace be upon him [i.e., Aqsa mosque] and to extend support to our people in Jerusalem and those in the [Sheikh] Jarrah neighborhood."

The statement claimed responsibility for the following attacks:

1. Striking Sderot at 6:23 a.m. with three rockets.

2. Striking the western Negev at 2:30 p.m. with rocket-propelled grenades.

3. Striking the "occupied" city of Al-Majdal at 9:30 p.m. with a barrage of rockets.

"Despite the lack of resources, the pressure, and the siege imposed on us, our knights are still in the battlefield and their hands are on the trigger with the rest of the loyal mujahideen of the ummah. We ask Allah for victory and steadfastness to anyone who fights for Allah, His religion, His prophet and the believers," noted the statement.


[1] Telegram, Thabat News Agency, May 11, 2021.



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