Israel said Thursday that Hamas was actively assisting the ISIS terrorist militia that killed over 70 Egyptian soldiers in a multi-pronged attack Wednesday.
"We have clear information that Hamas supports the Walayat Sinai organization, which belongs to ISIS,” Major General Yoav Mordechai said, in an Arabic-language interview for Al Jazeera.
"In the latest attacks, Hamas gave assistance in the form of weapons and organization to the group that supports ISIS,” he accused. “We have examples of commanders in Hamas who took an active part in this aid. Wael Faraj, a battalion commander in Hamas's armed wing, smuggled wounded casualties from Sinai to Gaza.
On Wednesday, 70 Egyptians were thought to be dead after a suicide car bomb detonated against a checkpoint at Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai. There were also apparently multiple attacks on other military checkpoints and an explosive device was detonated on a major highway.
About seventy terrorists simultaneously attacked five checkpoints in the area, security sources say, and some 39 terrorists were killed in the clashes, according to the Egyptian military.
A police station in the town of Sheikh Zuweid was among the targets of the attacks, witnesses said.