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Hamas maintains links with Sinai jihadists, Israeli security sources say

30 April 2014

Despite ideological differences, the Palestinian militant group Hamas has forged operational links with Al-Qaeda-inspired Salafist-jihadist groups in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, allowing it to order attacks on Israel without "leaving a fingerprint", Israeli security sources have told IHS Jane's .

In the past, Hamas merely had to give a "hint" to Sinai armed groups for them to understand that an attack on Israel has been requested, but the Egyptian crackdown on the jihadists has made it harder for Hamas to "outsource" terrorism, according to recent Israeli assessments.

While Sinai has traditionally been a supply route for weapons entering the Gaza Strip, Egypt's military government now sees the Palestinian territory as a source of arms and fighters who infiltrate into Sinai to support attacks.



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