Several vehicles belonging to Hamas and its close ally Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) were blown up on Sunday morning in a bomb attack, suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic State (Isis) in Gaza.
Citing local sources, the Associated Press reported that at least two people were injured. Six vehicles belonging to military officials of Hamas and PIJ were destroyed in the explosions, Haaretz reported.
The vehicles were parked outside the houses of six local military officials in Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood.
According to Press TV, the bomb attack is believed to have been carried out by Ansar al-Bayt al-Maqdis, which is an Isis-affiliated outfit operating out of Gaza.
Since May, after Palestinian forces demolished a makeshift mosque used by Ansar al-Bayt al-Maqdis, Hamas and the Isis supporters in Gaza have been at loggerheads. Hamas had claimed that the Isis was using the Almtahabin mosque for recruiting militants.
During the demolition of the mosque, Hamas had also arrested seven men, including a local Salafist Sheikh Yasser Abu Houli. Protesting the arrest of Sheikh, the Isis blew up a car near the Hamas headquarters in Gaza.
It was followed by another attack in June, in which the Isis killed a top Hamas commander by blowing up his car.
Gaza this morning was rocked by 5 coordinated explosions targeting cars belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jehad members pic.twitter.com/QMS8iPp7EG
— Gaza Writes Back (@ThisIsGaZa) July 19, 2015