TEL AVIV – Hamas has formed a common committee with al-Qaida-linked groups in the Gaza Strip to strategize the coordination of smuggling weapons into Gaza, according to informed Israeli security sources.
The sources noted that after Israel’s campaign in Gaza two weeks ago – which ended with a U.S. and Egypt-brokered cease-fire – Hamas immediately freed from its jails scores of members of al-Qaida and the related Jihadiya Salafiya terrorist groups.
Previously, Hamas had been fighting those same groups in Gaza, seeing them as a challenge to their own rule. The groups had accused Hamas of selling out by talking to the West and by engaging in elections.
Hamas several times had even engaged in heavy fire clashes with the Islamist organizations in Gaza and put many of their leaders in prison.
Still, Hamas and the al-Qaida organizations have at times worked together, including during the most recent round of fighting in Gaza when both fired rockets into Israel.
Now Hamas and the al-Qaida groups are working together again, this time to smuggle more weapons into Gaza, said the security sources.
WND reported that even before Israel’s operation in Gaza ended two weeks ago, Iran and Hezbollah were trying to resupply Hamas with more long-range missiles to fire into Israel, according to Israeli defense sources.
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