The case of the kidnapped Polisario member is putting more pressure on Algeria and the Polisario Front.
Following pressure from Sahrawis, leader of Polisario Ibrahim Ghali said that he met a representative of the family of El Khalil on Saturday 16.
Pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara reported that the Ghali handed a letter o he representative of the family, which will be read on Sunday in Laayoune.
The leader of the separatist group also promised to find a solution to the disappearance of El Khalil.
Several other news outlets reported that Ghali announced that Algerian authorities said that El Khalil is still alive.
It is still remains to be seen whether Algeria and the Polisario Front are claiming El Khalil alive to avoid further pressure.
In recent months, the separatist group and its supporters faced pressure and backlash when the family and relatives of El Khalil protested his disappearance several times.
In February, Sahrawis took to the desert in Rabouni, where the Secretariat of the Polisario Front is located to condemn the disappearance.
Some Sahrawis also launched an online campaign to draw attention to the kidnapping of the Polisario member.
Friends and relatives of the kidnapped member also threatened to organize demonstrations in European capitals if their demands are not met.
El Khalil was kidnapped by Algerian intelligence services in 2009 two months after Polisario appointed him to monitor human rights in Tindouf camps.
The member of the front was born in Tan-Tan in southern Morocco. He decided to join Polisario in 1977.