Ziyad Nakhalah, the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, said in a May 21, 2020 interview with Al-Nujaba TV (Iraq) that thousands of Palestinian fighters had been trained at designated camps set up by former IRGC Qods Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in January 2020. He elaborated that these fighters had been transported out of the West Bank and Gaza to these camps. In addition, Nakhalah said that six months ago, 80 Islamic Jihad fighters had been caught in Egypt and detained by Egyptian authorities.
Ziyad Nakhalah: "People do not know that thousands of Palestinians were trained in camps supervised by Hajj Qasem [Soleimani]. I'm talking about thousands of Palestinians from within the occupied land. By various methods and means, they would be transported, trained, and returned."
Interviewer: "From the occupied land?"
Nakhalah: "From Gaza and the West Bank. Yes."
Interviewer: "Fighters would be transported from the occupied lands... "
Nakhalah: "Yes. I wouldn't be revealing a secret if I told you that six months ago, the Egyptians detained 80 of our fighters in Cairo. I travelled to Cairo and we reached an understanding."