Video shows executions of four accused informants for Israel


(JTA) — An Egyptian Islamist group released a video of four Egyptians accused of being informants for Israeli intelligence being executed, three by beheading.

On Monday, the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis posted a video on YouTube of the executions, Reuters reported.

Ansar, which has carried on a military campaign in the Sinai against the Egyptian army, reportedly accused Egypt of collaborating with Israel. The Islamist group vowed to hunt down and kill informants who provide intelligence to the army, promising to continue to “harvest the spies of the Jews.”

In the video, three men reportedly confess to being informants and are then decapitated by masked men, who then place the severed heads upon the corpses’ backs. A fourth man likewise confesses and is then riddled with bullets.

The video is reminiscent of recent beheading videos issued by the militant group Islamic State, which has operated in Iraq and Syria. Reuters had previously reported that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has been advising Ansar via the Internet.

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