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Egyptian security forces raid Morsi's hometown

Security forces raided the hometown of deposed President Mohamed Morsi [Anadolu]

Date of publication: 18 August, 2016

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Egyptian authorities carried out a dawn raid on the hometown of deposed President Mohamed Morsi Tuesday, arresting several people connected to the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Egyptian security forces carried out a dawn raid on the hometown of deposed President Mohamed Morsi Tuesday, arresting many people affiliated with the banned Muslims Brotherhood.

Police and army forces used "100 armoured vehicles" to raid the village of al-Edwa in Egypt's northern governorate of Sharqiyah, storming the house of the former president's sister Azza Morsi, the Brotherhood's spokesperson Hassan Saleh said in a statement on Tuesday.

"[The raid] is a continuation of violations against the family of the country's legitimate president," he added.

"It shows how confused the military regime's security apparatus is, especially with a powerful wave of protests against their crimes on the anniversary of the Rabaa massacre."

According to the Egyptian Coordination of Rights and Freedoms, the raid also resulted in the arrest of former Brotherhood-affiliated MP Ahmed Ezz, among others.

"Some houses were damaged and looted," the Cairo-based NGO said on its website.

On Wednesday, the police said the raid was approved by the prosecution, which ordered the arrest of "several members of the Brotherhood on charges of inciting violence and protesting," Daily News Egypt reported.

The Ministry of Interior's media centre could not confirm the exact number of detainees.

Sunday marked the third anniversary of a bloody crackdown that left at least 800 pro-democracy demonstrators dead after security forces opened fire to disperse large crowds taking part in sit-ins at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adaweya and al-Nahda squares.

[The raid] is a continuation of violations against the family of the country's legitimate president.
- Hassan Saleh

The demonstrators had been protesting the removal of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013 in a military coup led by current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was the defence minister at the time.

Hundreds, more than a thousand by some counts, were killed that day in what human rights organisations have since declared massacres and crimes against humanity.

Since the deadly event, a police crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood has left hundreds dead and thousands jailed.

Later that year, a Cairo court declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation, banning all its activities and ordering the confiscation of its capital, as well as freezing the assets of its members and any affiliated entities.

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