World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt's authorities have arrested 12 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which the country's deposed President Mohamed Morsi hails, in four Egyptian provinces, including a former governor, security sources said.
Ahmed Shaarawy, a Muslim Brotherhood leader and the former governor of the Nile Delta province of Menoufiya, was arrested in the 10th of Ramadan city in the adjacent Sharqiya province, security sources said.
Shaarawy was arrested at his brother's house in a raid that was conducted by joint forces from police and the Homeland Security, Egypt's internal intelligence apparatus which replaced the once-feared State Security Agency, the sources added. He faces charges of inciting violence and rioting.
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman in Sharqiya Ahmed Gaber al-Hajj confirmed Shaarawy's arrest.
Shaarawy was one of the governors appointed in Morsi's last governor reshuffle before the Egyptian military ousted him on July 3. He spent only 17 days in office as a governor.
The authorities also arrested six Muslim Brotherhood members in the Nile Delta province of Gharbiya over alleged charges of inciting violence and involvement in acts of violence during protests opposing Morsi's ouster.
In the Suez canal city of Port Fouad, Muslim Brotherhood leader Walid Mohamed Youssef al-Taweel, 39, was arrested in his home.
Security sources said an arrest warrant was issued against Al-Taweel over charges of inciting violence and a harboring fugitives.
Four more Brotherhood members were nabbed in Minya province, south of Cairo over similar charges.
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: 15 Eylül 2013, 12:01