The Fallujah Scholars Council on Saturday (February 2nd) rejected an online al-Qaeda call for demonstrators in Iraq to take up arms as a means to implement their demands.
The Council, which comprises 22 prominent clerics who manage religious and social affairs in the area, issued a statement describing al-Qaeda's call as corrupt.
"Those whose hands are stained with innocent people's blood are trying again to incite the Iraqi people, including the people of Fallujah, to take up arms," the Council said in a statement obtained by Al-Shorfa.
"As we know the true intentions of the murderers who tarnished the image of religion, we confirm the call is rejected," it said.
"Demonstrations will remain peaceful as they are the civilised way for people to receive their freedom and legitimate demands," it said.
Khaled Hamoud, deputy chairman of the Council, told Al-Shorfa the call fell on deaf ears in Fallujah and other places as everyone knows the group is only looking for sabotage.
"We issued this statement just to confirm our official position to all town residents across the board," he said.