Group claiming allegiance to IS assassinates Hamas leader in Gaza

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A group claiming IS allegiance announced that they successfully carried out an operation on Sunday morning to assassinate a Hamas security chief, Saber Siam, by placing improvised explosives outside his trading shop in Gaza.

In a statement made by the group published via Twitter accounts loyal to the organization, it was stated that they had targeted Siam using improvised explosives on Sunday morning.

The group, which calls itself the Army of the Islamic State, attributed the assassination to the participation of Sayam in a ‘declared war against religion and against Muslims, working for the heretical government in Gaza’.

The statement also warned that centers of Hamas government security systems in Gaza would continue to be targeted as long as Hamas continued its participation in the ‘war against religion’. The group’s statement also called on Hamas to ‘repent and follow the oneness of God’.

The group also issued warnings on social media to Gaza residents to stay away from the security, military and armed centres of the Hamas government, lest they entered the targeted areas.

According to Israeli news sources, it was not possible to verify whether the group is associated with ISIS, or whether it even exists. However, Israeli sources confirmed that Hamas has been conducting actions against a group of Salafist rebels it accuses of trying to take over Gaza.