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Palestinians walk at the headquarters of the High Court in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Ramallah – Martial courts run by Palestine’s Gaza Strip ruling authority, Hamas, issued jail sentences against ISIS members.

All convicts were found guilty of manufacturing and launching projectiles against Israeli territory and propagating anti-revolutionary (anti-Hamas) policy.

Courts ordered 5-7 months in prison for three detainees found inspired by ISIS ideology that have been arrested by Hamas intelligence some four months ago.

Issued verdicts are considered the first of a kind, given that they are issued against Palestinian nationals for launching rockets towards southern Israeli territory. Hamas naturally perceives Israeli settlements a loud transgression against Palestinian rights, making it considerably lawful to overlook any attacks against them.

These new provisions pave the way for the trial of other dozens and for longer prison terms.

Hamas’s internal security agency has arrested some 550 ISIS supporters, most of which have been referred to martial courts, despite the law banning civilians being brought before a military court.

On March 2, Asharq Al-Awsat revealed that Hamas had referred dozens of ISIS supporters to military courts in an attempt to rein them in.

Self-declared ‘Salafist Jihadist’ groups and Hamas have been experiencing tensions and are being fraught with many differences. Last week, ISIS supporters tried to pressure Hamas by firing rockets into Israel in a defying statement to show the movement that they are capable of igniting a war in the Gaza Strip.

As of the beginning of the year, 6 rockets were reportedly fired by ultra-hardline militants which have targeted Israeli towns and settlements.