Sinai Salafists Reportedly Assist Hamas

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As the violence continues between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip, Al-Masry Al-Youm cites Islamist leaders in Egypt as saying that many Salafist jihadist fighters have entered the enclave to help Hamas fight off Israeli airstrikes. 

Islamic leaders said that the majority of Salafist jihadists in the Sinai traveled to the Gaza Strip to join the Palestinian resistance. Jihadist leaders in Cairo held a meeting yesterday [Nov. 18] to examine the possibility of dispatching a second group to Gaza to resist the Israeli Defense Forces and prevent the aggression against Palestinians from continuing.

This comes as well-informed sources within the Muslim Brotherhood confirmed that a delegation of 10 youths from the Brotherhood in the Sinai traveled to Gaza to join the resistance. The sources said that a number of youths from the Brotherhood decided to travel yesterday [Nov. 18] to join the Al-Qassam Brigades and their struggle against Israel.

Salafist leader Sheikh Mohammed Muftah, known as Abu Yahya, revealed that the majority of Salafists in the Sinai traveled to Gaza since the first strike was launched by the “Jewish enemy.”

He said, “The Islamists are preparing themselves to fight for the cause of Allah,” adding that the coming days will see Salafist youth traveling from all Egyptian provinces to the Gaza Strip.

The Salafist jihadist operatives held an emergency meeting yesterday [Nov. 18] to discuss ways to support the people of Gaza and prepare those who would travel to Gaza after that the first group recently traveled across the border.

Morgan Salem, a leader of the Salafist jihadists, said, “Supporting the people of Gaza is a constant activity with different mechanisms; this is either provided materially or in the form of jihadists.”

For his part, the Hazem Abu Ismail movement's spokesman, Gamal Saber, launched an initiative to support Gaza designed to send youth from the Islamic movement to the Palestinian territory to to assist the people of Gaza in confronting the enemy and to provide fighters in Palestine with sufficient money and weapons to fight “the enemy of God.”

Mohamed Zakaria Shaban, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Consultative Council, said that any personal decision to travel to Gaza on the part of the Brotherhood’s youth did not represent the Brotherhood and that those who made this decision must be held accountable by authorities.

He added that Gaza was not in need of “extra persons” because it already has a well-trained military. He said that Gaza was instead in need of humanitarian and international support to halt the aggression.

Saban told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the Brotherhood does not intend to allow its members to travel to Gaza to join the fighting, in light of official support to Palestinians against the Israeli attack. He added there was no need for youths to join the fighting at present and stressed that the Brotherhood’s youth must be committed to the commands of their leadership.

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