Hamas is reportedly hard pressed by growing ISIS popularity, including within its own ranks

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On April 14, Hani Ibrahim wrote the following report in Al-Akhbar daily: “…The tense atmosphere is escalating in Gaza between the supporters of the Hamas movement who encompass an important sector and the growing number of ISIL supporters. The former group says that ISIL is directing its dagger against Hamas and the Palestinians in the Yarmouk Camp in Syria. The Hamas movement’s “internal security” services arrested a large number of individuals who are publicly praising ISIL’s actions. This pushed the supporters of the Salafist movement to threaten with a retaliation.

“Thus, Hamas moved from “managing the Salafist crisis” into confronting it. However, the Islamic movement downplayed the severity of the direct confrontation in light of pieces of information indicating that Adnan Mayt has been released. The man was arrested a week ago. The ISIL supporters in Gaza are…

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