Dar al-Ifta condemns ISIL killing of Sinai cleric

Egypt's Dar al-Ifta has condemned the killing of Sheikh Sulaiman Abou Harraz of al-Sawarka tribe in North Sinai by a local "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) affiliate, Egypt's Ahram Online reported Monday (November 21st).

This "terrorist crime against a man who exceeded 100 years of age represents nothing less than the heinous and bloody behaviour of a terrorist organisation, which pledged allegiance to ISIL, violating the main principles of Islam", Dar al-Ifta said in a statement.

Harraz, a revered Sufi cleric and Sinai tribal elder, was taken by ISIL affiliate Wilayat Sinai from in front of his house in al-Arish under gun threat.

The group accused the elderly sheikh of ''practicing witchcraft" and released images purporting to show his execution on Saturday.

The group has carried out dozens of executions against Sinai civilians who it has accused of co-operating with Egyptian security forces.

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