Egypt detains 16 after protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza

The Brotherhood, the strongest opposition group in the country, said the men were rounded up before dawn in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Egypt detains 16 after protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza

Egyptian police detained 16 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood after a rally in protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, the group and a security official said on Sunday.

The Brotherhood, the strongest opposition group in the country, said the men were rounded up before dawn in the coastal city of Alexandria.

The security official said the detentions were made in response to the "Gaza protests and because of suspicion of membership of an illegal organisation."

Those detained include members of the provincial leadership of the Brotherhood, which has historical ties with Hamas, the Islamist group ruling Gaza.

The Egyptian government and security agencies have been eager to suppress protests against the Israeli attacks on Gaza, in which protesters frequently condemn the government for "its complicity in the blockade of the coastal strip."

In recent days protesters have called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Cairo, and for Egypt to open its Rafah border crossing with Gaza to allow Palestinians to flee the 16-day aggression which has killed 868 people.

More than 100 injured Palestinians have been allowed into Egypt since the offensive began.


Reuters

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