Islamic Jihad official: Egypt to see resurgence of violence

“Egypt is on the verge of bloody violence amid the absence of moderate thought and the deepening split among Islamist currents,” Nabil Naeem, an official at Egyptian Islamic Jihad told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Islamist groups believe the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces stands against the establishment of the rule of law and the application of Sharia, as well as against the principles of the January 2011 revolution, he said.

Naeem said Islamists are being manipulated and are driven by their love for Sharia.

"They believe they were close to dominating the country before the SCAF interfered to exclude their candidate," referring to Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail.

Naeem called upon Abu Ismail to be present among his supporters and urge them to refrain from violence.

Al-Qaeda is present in Egypt, Naeem stressed, but most of its operatives, whose numbers he estimated at around 500, are concentrated in Sinai.

He said those groups announced their intellectual and organizational affiliation to Al-Qaeda after State Security Investigation Services was dissolved in March 2011, and have been trying to capitalize on that.

"Some groups linked to Islamic Jihad have started to revamp their flabby organizational structure that was damaged in their long conflict with security apparatuses," Naeem explained.

Naeem warned that violence will resurge if a president who does not meet Jihadists' aspirations is elected, saying that they are disposed to rebel against any government, even Islamist-led, if it does not apply Sharia.

“Violence may also resurface if police officers accused of killing protesters during the revolution are acquitted,” he said.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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