Egypt detains 48 Brotherhood members in fresh raids

The Egyptian army has detained a further 48 Muslim Brotherhood members in separate raids

Egypt detains 48 Brotherhood members in fresh raids

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Egyptian security forces have detained 48 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in fresh sweeps, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry said in a statement that the Brotherhood members had been detained in separate raids carried out on Monday.

The detained members are charged with allegedly “committing and inciting acts of violence,” according to the ministry.

Egyptian authorities have stepped up their crackdown on the Brotherhood in recent days, arresting scores of the group's middle-ranking members.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which ousted President Mohamed Morsi hails, was designated a “terrorist organization” by the Egyptian government in late 2013. 

The Brotherhood, for its part, insists it is committed to purely peaceful activism.

Egypt has remained in the throes of political violence since the military ousted Morsi in a 2013 coup.

In the two years since Morsi's overthrow, Egyptian authorities have waged a relentless crackdown on political dissent.

The crackdown, which has largely targeted Morsi’s supporters and members of his Muslim Brotherhood group, has seen hundreds killed and tens of thousands thrown behind bars.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Temmuz 2015, 17:40