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The Egyptian Interior Ministry confirmed late Thursday the arrest of leading Muslim Brotherhood figure Hassan al-Prince.
Al-Prince, who was the deputy governor of the coastal city of Alexandria, was arrested during his participation in a protest in Nasr City.
Security sources also announced the arrest of Fathi Shihab, a former Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker.
This brings to five the number of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders rounded up on Thursday.
Earlier, security forces arrested Ahmed Abu Baraka, the legal adviser of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party.
Abu Barakah was arrested along with Brotherhood leader Mustafa Ghonim in al-Tagamoa al-Khamis (Fifth Settlement) in eastern Cairo.
The arrest came hours after security forces arrested Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref in Nasr City in eastern Cairo.
There were unconfirmed reports about the arrest of Freedom and Justice Party Deputy Chairman Essam al-Erian and former lawmaker Mohamed al-Beltagi, both senior Muslim Brotherhood figures.
There was no confirmation of such reports by the Interior Ministry until the filing of this story.
Egyptian authorities have unleashed a massive crackdown on Brotherhood leaders since last week's violent dispersal of sit-ins staged by supporters of 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 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: 23 Ağustos 2013, 09:10