People gather at the site of the car bombing, July 19th 2015

Gaza: ISIS affiliated activists suspected in car bombing of Hamas members

PNN/Gaza

On Sunday morning, at least six vehicles — owned by local leaders in Hamas and activists in Islamic Jihad, were bombed and burned out in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City.

Local sources said that Salafist activists, affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), are responsible for the car bombings.

As tensions have risen, Salafist groups in Gaza have been threatened by Hamas leaders. In recent weeks, Salafist activists took responsibility for rocket attacks toward Israel and threatened to launch more if Hamas did not release detainees and confiscate their weapons.

Hamas, which has ruled over Gaza since 2007, has clamped down on radical Islamists after a series of unclaimed bombings, arresting activists and seizing arms. It also mounted occasional crackdowns on rival and more radical Salafist groups that support global holy war endorsed by Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.

The current tensions between the two groups began on May 3, when Hamas destroyed a mosque belonging to a group known as the “Supporters of the Islamic State in Jerusalem.”

According to Haaretz, no Palestinian organization has yet taken responsibility for the car bombings. However, according to reports, all six of the cars belonged to personnel from the Iz A-din Al-Qassam Brigade and the Al Quds Brigade.