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Video Shows ISIS Is Firing Rockets on Israel From Gaza

Jihadists conquering Iraq and Syria upload clip showing they are launching rockets on Israel; launchers hit by IAF in video.
By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 7/10/2014, 11:03 PM

Despite the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant's (ISIS) statements that it will not join the attack on Israel for now, a new video by the Sunni Jihadist group claims to show its terrorists are in fact firing rockets on Israel.

In the video, which was uploaded to YouTube, alleged members of ISIS's "Bayt el-Maqdis" (Jerusalem) unit in Gaza can be seen firing rockets towards Israeli civilian centers.

A total of eight rockets are seen being fired by the group in the video, a drop in the ocean to the hundreds fired by Gaza terrorist groups in recent days.

ISIS terrorists are seen preparing the rockets in rocket launchers embedded underground in a Gaza orchard; the rockets are connected by electrical wires so as to allow them to be fired simultaneously. The rockets are seen launching both in night and day conditions.

At the very end of the clip, the rocket launchers are seen being attacked by the IAF shortly after launching. Apparently an Israeli fighter drone patrolling the area located the launchers and opened fire on them.

After capturing vast swathes of Iraq and Syria, ISIS declared the regions under its control as a "Caliphate", or Islamic state.

A spokesman for ISIS on Monday declared that his organization intends first to deal with "Muslims who have become infidels," and then attack Israel, although the recent attack shows they are not staying true to that statement.

In a recent statement, another spokesman said ISIS needs to complete six specific stages before attacking Israel.

Some of those "stages," such as building a base in Iraq from which to attack Syria and Lebanon, have been completed. But the group still intends to weaken the US and expand its rule over "Greater Syria" (which includes Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and possibly Gaza) first, before taking on Israel.

Video last week revealed ISIS has transferred weaponry captured in Iraq to Syria, including a long-range Scud missile that a member of the group threatened is "heading towards Israel."

ISIS last Friday captured a Syrian oil field in the Deir el-Zour province in the east of the country near Iraq, after seizing Syria's largest oil field last Thursday in the same region.

It has already amassed great assets in Iraq, seizing Iraq's largest oil refinery, a chemical weapons facility, and becoming the "world's richest terrorist organization" by looting 500 billion Iraqi dinars ($425 million) from banks in Mosul.