More Gamaa Islamiya members freed

The independent newspaper Masri Al Youm is reporting that over 700 members of Gamaa Islamiya have been released in recent days.

This is the second large release of Gamaa members over the past two years, after the fundamentalist renounced terrorism and denounced the killings it was responsible for during the 1980s and 1990s. This would be yet another sign that the state and Gamaa Islamiya have buried the hatchet, while the other main fundamentalist group, Islamic Jihad, has not operated in the country in years as most of its members joined Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
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Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.