The threat was issued on a Facebook account associated with Wilayat Sina (“Province of Sinai”), previously known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, which swore allegiance to Islamic State last November. Most of its attacks have been directed at Egyptian military forces in Sinai, although it has repeatedly fired rockets on Eilat and on the nearby Jordanian town of Aqaba. Its repeated bombing of a gas pipeline in Sinai has managed to disrupt the export of gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan.
On Thursday, the terror group called on Egyptians to join its ranks and help it wrest Sinai from the Egyptian regime. It also criticized Hamas for “abandoning the fight against the Jews,” and warned that Islamic State would launch attacks in Gaza. Wilayat Sina considers Hamas too moderate and has tried to undermine its legitimacy. This has prompted Hamas to crack down on Islamic State sympathizers in Gaza, fearing that the jihadis would ultimately topple its rule there.