Egyptian Security Forces have arrested 75 MORE Muslim Brotherhood leaders…Obama declines to comment

Egyptian security forces have continued a wave of arrests against senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership, escalating their campaign to crush the party of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, said Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

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Egypt Independent  Brotherhood leader Abdel Moneim Mohamed Ibrahim, spokesperson Ahmed Aref and at least 70 other figures from administrative offices across the country had been detained by authorities, Ibrahim said. The Brotherhood’s Abdel Moneim Mohamed Ibrahim escaped from Wadi al-Natroun prison along with Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s ousted president, during the 25 January revolution in 2011.

The interior minister stressed that the crackdown would continue until all wanted figures had been captured, following a series of arrest warrants issued for senior Brotherhood figures. State television reported on Thursday afternoon that another significant Brotherhood figure would be arrested shortly, without elaborating.

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Security forces have arrested a number of Islamist figures over the past few days, among them the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei and prominent Islamist preacher, Safwat Hegazy. Both stand accused of inciting violence in clashes between the security forces and Morsy supporters in the wake of forced dispersals of Brotherhood-linked sit-ins in Cairo.

France24  This follows the arrest of  the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme leader, Mohamed Badie, on Tuesday.  Senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Badie, have been accused by Egypt’s military-backed authorities of inciting the violence that led to the deaths of protesters.

“We will never be silent in the face of the destruction of the country,” said General Sisi, who overthrew Morsi after mass protests against the Islamist’s single year of turbulent rule. Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy that his country was on the “right path.” Also, judicial sources said fresh accusations had been leveled against Morsi himself, who has been held in a secret location since the military deposed him on July 3.

The international community, including the US, has fiercely condemned the violence, with Amnesty International decrying it as “utter carnage”. And Human Rights Watch called on Egypt’s rulers to “urgently reverse” instructions for police to use live ammunition against armed protesters.

Daily News Egypt  The interim cabinet commended the Interior Ministry for its recent arrests of “ a number of elements threatening national security”  and stated that the government was prioritizing economic recovery, and was working to resolve the “deficit of the state budget, foreign currency liquidity while meeting food, medicine and energy demands

The cabinet also announced its creation of an 11-point initiative to “protect the democratic process which opens the door for participation from all citizens of Egypt”; its articles include goals for “complete restructuring of the human rights committees” and “protecting rights and freedoms”, said the post on Facebook.

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