Egypt rounds up Muslim Brotherhood leaders

Egypt's military-backed authorities have waged a crackdown on the Brotherhood since last week's violent dispersal of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo and Giza.

Egypt rounds up Muslim Brotherhood leaders

World Bulletin/News Desk

More leading figures of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (MB) were arrested on Thursday amid an intensifying government crackdown on the beleaguered Islamist group.

Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref was arrested early Thursday in Nasr City in eastern Cairo.

"Security forces arrested Aref without any charge," the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) said in a statement.

Meanwhile, MB leader Mohamed al-Dousoki was arrested early Thursday after security forces raided his home in the Nile Delta province of Daqahliya.

MB leader Bakr Fawzi and former lawmaker Emad Shams al-Din were also arrested.

Security forces also raided the home and office of former lawmaker and FJP Secretary-General for Daqahliya Mohsen Radi.

Brotherhood figure and former lawmaker Hamdi Taha was also detained in the southern province of Fayoum.

"These practices are an attempt to undermine all gains of the January revolution," Mustafa Attiya, MB administrative official in Fayoum, said.

He insisted that the crackdown will not faze the Brotherhood members.

"We will continue our peaceful protests until legitimacy is restored," he said, in reference to calls for reinstating ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

In the northern city of Alexandria, security forces raided the homes of at least 34 members of the Muslim Brotherhood – the group from which Morsi hails.

According to Brotherhood spokesperson Anas al-Qadi, seven members were arrested in the raids, including Medhat al-Haddad, brother of Essam al-Haddad, Morsi's former adviser for foreign affairs.

In the Nile Delta province of Beheira, several Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested in overnight raids. Similar arrest campaigns targeting Brotherhood members were also reported in Port Said and Luxor.

Former lawmaker Zakariya al-Ganaini, along with Tareq Suleiman and Ahmed Sobhi Abul-Fotouh, were among those detained.

FJP Secretary-General for the Gharbiya province Ali Ahmed was also arrested.

Two Brotherhood members, including the FJP secretary-general, were detained in the Upper Egyptian province of Assiut.

Security forces also raided and searched the homes of three Brotherhood leaders in the Nile Delta Kafr al-Sheikh province.

The homes of former Kafr al-Sheikh governor Saad al-Husseini and a nephew of prominent Salafist preacher Safwat Hegazi were also searched.

Egypt's military-backed authorities have waged a crackdown on the Brotherhood since last week's violent dispersal of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo and Giza.

Egypt has declared a state of emergency after hundreds of people were killed in violence that engulfed the country since the protest dispersal.

The state of emergency allows security forces to arrest citizens without charge and carry out searches of homes and vehicles without judicial permission.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 12:22
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