Thursday, December 26, 2013
. Egypt hold 18 members of the Muslim Brotherhood
Attorney Egypt on Thursday ordered the detention of at least 18 members of the Muslim Brotherhood , including a former member of parliament , on suspicion of being part of a terrorist group , state media said .
Arrest warrant was issued a day after the government announced the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group .
Those arrested include the son of the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood stronghold of ousted President Mohamed Morsi , the state news agency MENA .
Seven people were subjected to two weeks of detention could be extended in the city of Alexandria , while 11 others were detained in the city of Zagazig in the Nile Delta region .
Police also arrested 16 members of the Muslim Brotherhood unexpected for distributing leaflets supporting the group and " fomenting violence " , said MENA .
Announcement Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group means any person who took part in the march they could be sentenced to imprisonment for five years , the interior ministry said .
Have a literature , or supporting their " oral or written " could face imprisonment of up to five years , the ministry said in a statement .
Proponents Morsi , which continues almost daily demonstrations to demand the restoration of power , pledged to continue peaceful protests .
Announcement Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group on Wednesday came a day after a suicide car bomb attack against a police station , killing 16 people , which is claimed by a group of Sinai and denounced by the Muslim Brotherhood .
Militants have stepped up attacks on security forces after the military overthrew Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 .
Militant crackdown that ensued in Egypt , killing hundreds of people and more than 2,000 were arrested in various parts of the country .
Widespread chaos since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in 2011 and militants stepped up attacks on security forces , especially in the Sinai border with Israel .
Hardline militants are believed to be linked to al Qaeda have bases in the Sinai desert , sparsely , sometimes in collaboration with local Bedouin smugglers and militants from Gaza .
Militants in Sinai , a desert area near the Egyptian border with Israel and the Gaza Strip , attacked security checkpoints and other targets almost every day since the military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 .
Military sources estimate , there are about 1,000 armed militants in Sinai , many of them Bedouin tribes , divided into a number of groups with different ideologies or ethnic loyalty , and hard to keep track of them in the desert areas AFP