1512Egypt Arrests More Islamists Ahead of Elections: Accused of inciting the masses over Palestine
- Apr 30, 2001Assalamu'alaikum,
Egypt Arrests More Islamists Ahead of Elections
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
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
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
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
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