Photo Credit: Amaq Agency / Israel's Channel 2 screenshot
Terrorists from the Sinai Province (Wilayat Sinai) branch of Islamic State (ISIS / Da'esh) in the Sinai Peninsula preparing Katyusha rockets, Feb. 2017

The “Sinai Province” (Wilayat Sinai) branch of the Islamic State (ISIS/Da’esh) terrorist organization based in the Sinai Peninsula released photos Wednesday of its operatives preparing Katyusha rockets to be fired at Israel, and flying towards the Jewish State on February 20.

The photos were released two days after the announcement of the group taking responsibility for the rocket attack launched from the Sinai against southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council district.

Amaq Agency announcing Wilayat Sinai launched rocket attack against Israel on Feb. 20

One of the photos shows an ISIS terrorist preparing to launch the rockets. The second photo shows the two Katyushas actually in the air on their way to Israel.

Because the trajectory of the rockets was not headed towards a populated area, (1) the Red Alert incoming air raid siren did not activate, and (2) the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system did not engage to shoot them down from the sky.

Both of the missiles landed in an open field, causing no physical injuries to anyone, and no property damage.

The attack was launched after the Israeli Air Force attacked an ISIS terrorist base in Sinai, earlier in the day. Five members of the terror organization were killed in the air strike.

Reportedly, one of the dead was a commander of the group, Bilhal Baroum, or “Abu Bakr.” According to Il Foglio journalist Daniele Raineri, Abu Bakr commanded Sinai Province. He was allegedly assassinated near Rafah on February 18 by Israel, via a drone strike.

In the above tweet, the weapon Baroum is holding is an FN F2000 with GL1 grenade launcher.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.