World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian security forces arrested at least 19 Muslim Brotherhood members on Wednesday on multiple charges, as a crackdown on the Islamist group – from which ousted President Mohamed Morsi hails – continues.
According to security sources in the Nile Delta Menoufiya province, two local Brotherhood leaders were arrested in the town of Al-Shohadaa on charges of affiliation with the Islamist group and "insulting" military and police personnel.
In the Fayoum province south of Cairo, meanwhile, eight Brotherhood members were arrested on Wednesday. Five of them face charges related to recent attacks on local police stations.
Nine others were picked up in the adjacent province of Beni Sueif on charges of "inciting violence" and involvement in attacks on state facilities in August.
Egyptian authorities have unleashed a massive crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members since the bloody August 14 dispersal of two pro-Morsi protest camps in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed by security forces.
Since then, Egypt's military-backed authorities have rounded up hundreds of the group's senior and mid-ranking members, topped by Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and deputies Khairat al-Shater and Rashad al-Bayoumi.Last Mod: 12 Eylül 2013, 09:04