Gaza Man Killed Fighting ISIS in Sinai

Israel has reportedly helped Egypt in its ongoing battle, backed by loyal local Bedouins, against ISIS insurgents in Sinai

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: ISIS
It might have lost the Caliphate, but ISIS is alive and kicking and threatening the countries of the Middle East.
It might have lost the Caliphate, but ISIS is alive and kicking and threatening the countries of the Middle East. Photo: EPA-EFE/FAROOQ KHAN

There’s been a problem with radical Muslims from Gaza (and it’s today difficult to grow up in the Hamas-ruled enclave and not be radicalized) going down to the Sinai Peninsula and joining the branch of ISIS that’s active there.

That’s why it came as quite a surprise on social media this week when news broke that a local Gaza man had been killed in Sinai while fighting against ISIS.

Mohammed Iyad, a resident of Rafah on Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, was killed in recent days during a battle between ISIS and government-sanctioned forces.

According to tribal sources in Sinai, Iyad (also known as Abu Lafi) was fighting as a member of the “Bedouin Nuhaba” and was responsible for gathering intelligence on the location of ISIS operatives.

The armed group is part of a Bedouin militia that is loyal to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and is actively engaged in what’s becoming a small-scale civil war in Sinai.

Formally known as “The Islamic State – Sinai Province,” the ISIS branch has drawn many, if not most of its fighters from the local Bedouin tribes.

Israel is rumored to have assisted the Egyptian government in its ongoing battle against the insurgents. According to a New York Times article in 2018, the IDF had carried out as many as 100 air strikes against ISIS forces in Sinai. Egypt later denied the report.

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