Egypt detains 64 Muslim Brotherhoods before and during Gaza protest

The Muslim Brotherhood said the protest drew 10,000 people and police detained dozens of demonstrators.

Egypt detains 64 Muslim Brotherhoods before and during Gaza protest

Egyptian police detained at least 64 people in the Nile Delta on Monday before and during a protest organised by the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in support of Hamas in Gaza, police sources and witnesses said.

Police took 17 people from their homes in the Nile Delta town of Damahour in the morning and questioned them on suspicion of organising the protest. When the protest began they detained 47 people for obstructing traffic, they added.

The Muslim Brotherhood said the protest drew 10,000 people and police detained dozens of demonstrators. The witnesses said more than 100 were held.

Damanhour, 135 km (85 miles) northwest of Cairo, is a stronghold of the Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition force. The government says the Brotherhood is banned but allows it to operate openly within limits.

The Nile Delta and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria have seen the country's largest protests against the Israeli attacks on Gaza of the last 17 days. Protesters have also attacked the Egyptian government for refusing to open the border with Gaza.

Reuters
Last Mod: 13 Ocak 2009, 11:08
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