In a move that could have severe consequence for the whole Middle East, a fresh report states that 100 Hamas militants have dedicated themselves to the Islamic State (ISIS) in Gaza after pledging loyalty to its head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
According to a reliable Salafist source inside Gaza, the "covenants" were done privately by the new supporters and the decision is a "serious step" towards launching the Caliphate in Gaza.
Recently, there has been increasing tensions between Hamas and ISIS.
In July, ISIS sent a video message, in which, it openly threatened to wipe out Hamas in Gaza as its principles were becoming "too weak".
Wielding AK-47 rifles, three ISIS members from Palestine addressed the "tyrants of Hamas". "You are nothing in our reckoning. You, Fatah and all the secularists, we count you as nothing. Allah willing, we shall uproot the State of the Jews. You are nothing but froth that will be gone as we move in. Allah willing, Gaza will be governed by Shariah despite you," a Gazan, Abu Azzam Al-Ghazzawim, stated in the video.
Another major ISIS associate, Abu Qatadah Al-Filistini, urged authentic Muslims in Gaza to "join the convoy of the Mujahideen and to join the State of the Caliphate".
In June, the terrorists assassinated a chief Hamas commander by bombing his vehicle. Afterward, Hamas executed an ISIS leader, and in revenge, the Islamic State members fired two rockets into the southern part of Israel from the Gaza Strip.
The false flag attack prompted instant retaliatory bombing by Israel, who looks for any opportunity to wage all-out war on what it perceives as a terrorist group.
Recently, ISIS seized four Hamas fighters in Egypt while traveling to Iran for special training.