A group claiming allegiance with ISIS issued a statement, Sunday, claiming responsibility for assassinating a senior Hamas commander in the Gaza Strip, by detonating his store in Khan Younis.The group, calling itself Supporters of the Islamic State in Beit al-Maqdis, said it assassinated Saber Siam for what it claimed, â€śparticipating in the heretical war against the Mujahidin,’ and called on Hamas to â€śend its war on religion in Gaza, or face the consequences.â€ť
It published a statement on its Twitter account saying it killed Siam approximately at 2:30 at dawn Sunday, by detonating his store, in Khan Younis in the southern part of the coastal region, for â€śparticipating in the war on the Mujahidin.â€ť
The group also warned the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to stay away from government-run offices and facilities, and all Hamas-run security or military centers, in the coastal region. Hamas officials and Hamas-run websites did not comment on the attack.
Earlier the month, the group fired shells into a training center for the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas in Khan Younis, Agence France Presse said.
The attack is believed to be related to an alleged attack by Hamas on a mosque, reportedly â€śfrequented by ISIS supporters plotting against the government,â€ť in Deir al-Balah.
The group is also responsible for numerous attacks against the Egyptian army, including recent bombings targeting army posts close to the border with Gaza.