Egypt Brotherhood calls for demos

Egypt™s Muslim Brotherhood has called for fresh protests across the North African country as an arrest warrant has been issued for a top cleric.

In a Thursday statement, the group urged Egyptians to hold week-long anti-government demonstrations starting on Friday.

Large numbers of the movement™s supporters are expected to participate in the rallies.

In recent months, Egypt™s military has launched a severe crackdown on the members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

More than 2,000 members of the Brotherhood have been arrested since the military ouster of Egypt™s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in early July, among them the movement™s supreme leader, Mohamed Badie.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

Meanwhile, reports say Egypt™s prosecutor general has issued an arrest warrant for the country™s top cleric, Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

The Qatar-based cleric is accused of inciting the killing of Egyptian security forces and meddling in the country™s affairs.

Qaradawi has been a vocal critic of the country™s army following the ouster of Morsi.

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