TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Egyptian police detain relatives of group's leaders

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 9:51 p.m.
 

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities detained more than 60 people associated with the Muslim Brotherhood in less than 24 hours, including relatives of the group's leaders, officials said on Wednesday.

The crackdown on the group, from which ousted President Mohamed Morsy hails, started shortly after the July 3 coup. It intensified this month after security forces cleared out two of the group's sit-ins, killing hundreds and sparking unrest that killed more than 1,000 people in a few days. The Interior Ministry says more than 100 policemen and soldiers have also been killed since mid-August.

The local media, in close step with the new leadership after Morsy, repeatedly describe the actions of the Brotherhood and its supporters as acts of terrorism. Many have been charged with inciting violence. Security forces have arrested much of the Brotherhood's senior and midlevel leadership, while others remain in hiding.

Some in Egypt fear the Brotherhood's once powerful political party and its allies could be barred from politics and be forced underground again.

In an interview with the Arabic satellite channel MBC Misr, interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said dissolving the group is not a solution and warned against taking dramatic decisions during turbulent times. He suggested it is better that the government monitor political parties rather than force any to operate secretly, as the group had done for decades.

But in a widening campaign, police have started going after members' relatives, including the son of Khairat el-Shater, a Brotherhood deputy and financier charged in relation to the killings of protesters outside the group's headquarters in June.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Al-Jazeera English journalists head to prison in Egypt
  2. 3 Americans praised for subduing gunman on European train
  3. Polish official ‘convinced’ Nazi mystery train exists
  4. Tropical Storm Erika kills 4 in Dominica
  5. 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya’s coast
  6. Nazi ‘gold train’ evidence mounts
  7. Attack underlines train vulnerabilities
  8. Suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia arrested
  9. 11 officials, executives detained in China port blast
  10. Vatican priest accused of child sex abuse found dead
  11. Japan law to implement mandate for hiring of women