On March 6, several Syrian activists released photos showing alleged members of the Palestinian Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military branch of the Hamas Movement, in the opposition-held part of northern Syria.
These photos were first posted on Twitter on December 11 2018 by a militant named Abu al-Muthana.
“On its 31st anniversary … Greetings to the Hamas Movement from the land of green Idlib,” one of Abu al-Muthana tweets reads.
في ذكرى أنطلاقتها ال 31
تحية للحركة حماس من أرض إدلب الخضراء pic.twitter.com/X8zRKFFV5J
— أبو المثنى (@Ansari0940) December 11, 2018
In 2017 and 2018, militants released several photos showing him armed and wearing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades patches. Most of the photos were taken in the Turkish-occupied areas of Afrin and al-Baba as well as in the areas held by Turkish-backed militants in the western Aleppo and northeastern Idlib.
In most of his tweets, Abu al-Muthana echoed his support for the Hamas Movement, Jaysh al-Islam, the Ahrar al-Sham Movement and the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (NSA).
One of the photos indicates that Abu al-Muthana may have been involved in the Turkey-led attack on the Kurdish area of Afrin. Other photos suggest that he was involved in the training of Turkish-backed forces.
Despite his clear support for the Hamas Movement, there is not clear evidence that Abu al-Muthana is actually member of the group. It is also unclear if he is Palestinian or Syrian.
The Hamas Movement have provided some support the Syrian opposition since the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011. The Damascus government even accused the Palestinian group of training several miltiant groups in central and northern Syria in the early years of the war.