Al Qaida militia establishes base in Gaza, trains Palestinians for ops in Iraq, Syria || Special to

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.

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Hamas military wing again stung: 4 die from ‘mysterious explosion’ || By

GAZA CITY — The Hamas military and its allies have been hampered by a series of explosions amid suspected weapons tests.

Over the last month, at least four people were killed in two blasts in the Gaza Strip.

The casualties, acknowledged by Hamas, were said to have included military commanders.

On April 16, the Gaza Health Ministry said three people were killed and five injured in an explosion in Khan Yunis. Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al Qedra provided few details.

“This was a mysterious explosion,” Qedra said.

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