The head of an Egyptian Islamic group reiterated his appeal for an end to confrontational actions and called on Saturday for the release of more of its imprisoned members, reported Reuters.
Ossama Ayyoub, leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, said in a statement that the group was re-stating an earlier message of peace.
The announcement came after Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual leader of Egypt's main armed Islamic group Jamaa Islamiya, withdrew support for his group's ceasefire with the government, said AFP.
“Regarding the initiative on stopping operations in Egypt which was announced in July 1997, we confirm our call for the stopping of confrontational actions that was announced in February 2000,” Ayyoub said.
He added that the decision had widespread support from members of the group both in Egypt and abroad, said Reuters.
Ayyoub stressed that following the release of 840 of the group's members for the first time since 1990 and the stopping of bloodshed, the group had a right to request the release of more of those imprisoned, especially those who played a major role in supporting the peace initiative, said AFP.
The Egyptian Islamic Jihad group is one of the country's militant groups that was part of a six-year armed struggle in Egypt between 1992 and 1997, according to Reuters – (Several Sources)
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