NICOSIA — Al Qaida’s leading militia in the Levant has claimed a
presence in the Gaza Strip. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant said it established bases in the
Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in 2014.
ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria. /AP
In a statement ISIL, deemed the most powerful Sunni Islamist force in the region, was training Palestinians from the Gaza Strip for the war in Iraq and Syria.
“The holy warriors of the Gaza Strip are in ISIL,” the statement said. The statement was accompanied by photographs that showed training of unidentified men.