The IDF killed an Islamic State terrorist who managed to sneak into the Gaza Strip through an underground tunnel during Operation Protective Edge, the London-based Arab language newspaper Al-Hayat reported on Monday.
According to Al-Hayat, a Saudi national, Sultan Farhan Rajah al-Harbi, joined IS (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and volunteered to go to Gaza. He was killed in an IAF strike on a car driving in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. Three others were killed in the attack.
Al-Harbi was known by the nicknames “Khaled al-Jazrawi” and “Abu Ma’ad al-Harbi.” He has served over five years in a Saudi prison after he was caught near the Kuwaiti-Iraqi border trying to join Sunni extremists in Iraq.
After his release, he traveled to Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and, finally, to Syria, where he hooked up with Islamic extremists fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad. According to Al-Hayat
, al-Harbi fled Syria after the two Islamist organizations there – IS and the Nusra Front – began fighting one another.
From Syria, he traveled to Turkey, and then to Egypt. He entered Gaza from the Sinai Peninsula after hostilities erupted between Israel and Hamas.
During his stay in the Gaza Strip, he was known by the nickname “Salameh.” In the early stages of fighting, al-Harbi reportedly suffered shrapnel wounds to his leg. He was wounded again in the head, although he continued to take part in the conflict.