Egyptian security forces have arrested 75 senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood amid simmering tensions in the North African country, says the Egyptian interior minister.
On Thursday, the interim government’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim also said that Brotherhood’s top figures, including Abdel Moneim and the groupâ„¢s spokesman Ahmed Aref, were among those arrested.
He also added that the crackdown on the Brotherhood will continue until all wanted figures are captured.
The majority of the people arrested have been accused of inciting violence in clashes between the security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
On August 20, the security forces detained about 100 members of the Muslim Brotherhood including its spiritual leader Mohamed Badie.
Speaking on the future of the Brotherhood after Badieâ„¢s arrest, Aref stated on his Facebook page that Å“the general guide is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and that any arrest among the leaders of the organization will not affect it, as the Brotherhood … rejects the coup.”
Å“We reiterate that the issue is neither political nor related to a party, but a national one that was orchestrated and planned,” he added.
Egypt has been experiencing unrelenting violence since July 3, when the army toppled Morsi, the first democratically elected Egyptian head of state, and suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament. The army also appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the new interim president.
Since July 3, thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian president have staged nationwide rallies to demand Morsi’s reinstatement.
On August 14, the interim government launched a brutal crackdown on thousands of peaceful pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo.
The crackdown triggered a wave of violence in the country. Almost 900 people, including nearly 100 soldiers and police, have died in the country since then.
Meanwhile, a pro-Morsi coalition known as the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy called on the Egyptians to hold Å“Friday of Martyrs” demonstrations across the country to protest against his ouster.
“We will remain steadfast on the road to defeating the military coup,” the coalition said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Republished from: Press TV