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Egyptian police and army forces stormed early Monday a village in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya, dispersing a 75-day sit-in staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and arresting many of them, a security official said.
"Joint police and military troops managed to storm Delga village that has been besieged by the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi," Minya security chief Osama Metwalli told Anadolu Agency.
"The troops moved in in the small hours of the day and surrounded the village from all directions while military choppers hovered over the village," he added.
Metwalli said that the protesters showed no resistance to the troops as they moved in to remove the barricades set up by Morsi's supporters.
A daytime curfew was declared in the village to bring the situation under control and prevent any wanted individuals from fleeing, a security source said.
Another security official, who asked to remain anonymous, said that at least 45 protesters were arrested.
Police and army troops are currently combing the village for several wanted individuals, including Gamaa Islamiya leader Assem Abdel-Maged.
Mohamed Abdel-Azim of the security forces' criminal department in south Minya said that 10 armored vehicles and 30 forces were deployed for the operation of storming the village.
Following the raid, a stage similar to the one erected in Rabaa al-Adawiya, the larger of pro-Morsi protest camps, was demolished.
Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested without any resistance, he added.
Bishop Youssef of the Evangelical Church said that Salafist leader Hosni al-Keheli was arrested during the offensive. The news about the arrest could not immediately be confirmed.
Anti-coup groups have been holding daily mass protests across the country for the last 75 days to denounce the July 3 military overthrow of the country's first democratically elected president.
The unconstitutional change of government is described by the ousted president's backers as a "military coup," while the move's supporters call it a military-backed "popular uprising."
On August 14, Egyptian security forces violently dispersed the two major pro-democracy camps in Rabaa al-Adawiya, eastern Cairo, and Giza's Nahda Square.
The bloody crackdown left hundreds dead and thousands injured. At least 288 of those killed had been in the larger of the two protest sites in Rabaa, while 90 were killed during the dispersal of a smaller camp at Nahda near Cairo University.
However, the official death toll remains far below that given by the Brotherhood's allies, which has put the number of deaths from the Rabaa sit-in alone at some 2,600.
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