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Egyptian authorities arrested 1,004 anti-coup protestors, referred to as "elements" of the Muslim Brotherhood, during nationwide protests on Friday, the interior ministry said on Saturday.
An Interior Ministry statement accused Brotherhood members of committing acts of "terrorism" during the demonstrations.
In a Saturday statement, the Interior Ministry said that 5 machine guns, 15 firearms, 7 hand grenades, and 710 bullets were found in their possession.
The suspects were arrested in several Egyptian cities, including 43 in Alexandria, 22 in Kafr al-Sheikh, 12 in Suez and 15 in Ismailia.
A security source earlier said that 821 "Muslim Brotherhood rioters" had been arrested on Friday.
The army, meanwhile, said that it had arrested 60 members of "armed groups" accusing them of involvement in "terrorist acts" and the sabotage of public facilities in several districts of the capital Cairo.
In a statement, the army accused "militant groups" of setting a building in Cairo's Ramses Square ablaze and continuing to fire live ammunition from inside al-Fath Mosque, located inside the square.
But a Muslim Brotherhood member described the accusations as "fabricated."
"These are fabricated accusations against whoever opposes the bloody terrorist coup," Mokhtar al-Ashri, member of the Freedom and Justice Party's legal committee, told Anadolu Agency.
Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi staged mass rallies in several Egyptian cities on Friday to protest Wednesday's violent dispersal of their two main protest sites in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares.
The Health Ministry has said that at least 638 people had been killed in nationwide violence since Wednesday, including 288 in Rabaa and 87 in Nahda.
However, the pro-dNational Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy has put the number of deaths from the Rabaa sit-in alone at some 2,600.
At least 181 people were killed and hundreds were injured mostly in attacks on a number of rallies staged by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in several Egyptian cities on Friday, according to a tally compiled by the Anadolu Agency.
The Health Ministry says at least 638 people have been killed in nationwide violence since Wednesday, including 288 in Rabaa al-Adawiya and 87 in Nahda.
However, the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy has put the number of deaths from the Rabaa sit-in alone at some 2,600.Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Ağustos 2013, 11:57