World Bulletin/News Desk
Several senior members of Islamist groups that support ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi were arrested at dawn on Sunday amid a nationwide crackdown on pro-Morsi elements, security sources said.
In the Nile Delta province of Beheira, several members of the Muslim Brotherhood -- the group from which Morsi hails -- were arrested in overnight raids.
Former lawmaker Zakariya al-Ganaini, Tareq Suleiman and Ahmed Sobhi Abul-Fotouh were among those detained.
In Fayoum south of Cairo, the home of Yehia Saad, a senior member of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), was raided although Saad was not at home at the time.
Egypt's Gamaa Islamiya said that senior group leader Mustafa Hamza, who was acquitted of charges of having plotted to kill ousted President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa in 1995, had been arrested at dawn in Upper Egypt's Beni Sueif province. Another senior group member was arrested in Suez.
In a statement, Gamaa Islamiya likened Hamza's arrest to violations committed by Mubarak-era security forces.
"Dawn visitors raided Hamza's home in Beni Sueif, taking him from his family without specific charges," the statement said.
"Dawn visitors" is an Egyptian term used to describe early morning raids by security forces on the homes of political activists and regime opponents during the Mubarak era.
"Carrying out the arrest in such a manner… constitutes a return to the Mubarak era and the emergency state, media lies and fabrications," the statement said, referring to a government-imposed month-long state of emergency declared last week.
The state of emergency allows security forces to arrest citizens without charge and carry out searches of homes and vehicles without judicial permission.
In April, Hamza was acquitted of charges of having plotted to assassinate Mubarak during the latter's 1995 visit to Addis Ababa. Hamza had earlier received a death sentence for the charge, but successfully appealed the verdict.
In the canal city of Suez, meanwhile, a joint police-army force arrested Gamaa Islamiya member Fawzi al-Kurdi.
"Al-Kurdi faces charges of leading militants who attacked army and police forces and set fire to churches in Suez during recent incidents," a security source in Suez said.
The Islamist group is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
The Interior Ministry has yet to issue an official statement on the arrests.
On Saturday, a cabinet spokesperson said the Egyptian government was considering a decision to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood.
Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi has proposed to Social Solidarity Minister Ahmed al-Borie to issue a decision dissolving the group, spokesperson Sherif Shawqi told a press conference.Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2013, 13:17