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1512Egypt Arrests More Islamists Ahead of Elections: Accused of inciting the masses over Palestine

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  • Islamic News and Information Network
    Apr 30, 2001
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      Egypt Arrests More Islamists Ahead of Elections

      http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20010430_162.html

      CAIRO (Reuters) - Eleven members of a banned Islamist group, the Muslim
      Brotherhood, were arrested in Egypt on suspicion of "inciting the masses"
      over Israel's clashes with Palestinians, an Islamist parliamentarian said
      Monday.

      The arrests, confirmed by security sources, came after three other
      Brotherhood members -- including two candidates in national elections --
      were arrested earlier this month.

      "They arrested 11 people at dawn Saturday including university professors,
      teachers and lawyers...They are all prominent Brotherhood members," Hamdy
      Hassan told Reuters.

      "They were accused of inciting the masses concerning the issue of
      Palestine," he added.

      At least 396 Palestinians, as well as 75 Israelis and 13 Israeli Arabs,
      have been killed since a Palestinian revolt against Israeli occupation
      flared in September, stirring pro-Palestinian sentiment in Egypt and other
      Arab countries.

      Hassan said the arrests, which took place in the Mediterranean port city
      of Alexandria, were a "message" to the Brotherhood before elections to
      parliament's Shura Council, or upper consultative body, which begin next
      month.

      The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most influential Islamist group, seeks to
      enforce Islamic law in Egypt by constitutional means.

      Shura Council terms last for six years, with half the body up for renewal
      every three years. One third of the 264 members are appointed by the
      president


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