Muslim Brotherhood member shot, injured in Sinai arrest raid
Published Friday 30/08/2013 (updated) 31/08/2013 21:24
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsi demonstrate
in Maadi on the outskirts of Cairo. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia, File)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- A Muslim Brotherhood member was shot in the abdomen on Thursday in clashes with Egyptian security forces during an arrest raid in Sinai, Egyptian security sources said.
Violent clashes broke out when Egyptian forces raided a Muslim Brotherhood meeting in the al-Masaeid neighborhood, west of el-Arish, security officials told Ma'an.
During the raid, Egyptian forces arrested eight Muslim Brotherhood members wanted for attacks against Egyptian security forces and for providing weapons to militants in Sinai, according to the security officials.
The official MENA news agency reported that police arrested 29 Islamists across Egypt on Thursday, including the Muslim Brotherhood's firebrand politician Mohamed al-Beltagi and Khaled al-Azhari, a former Islamist cabinet minister.
Police have already arrested the Brotherhood's supreme guide Mohamed Badie and much of the senior leadership, and have begun rounding up mid-level operatives around the country.
Supporters of deposed Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi vowed more rallies and called for marches on Friday.. The interior ministry warned Thursday that live ammunition will be used on protesters who attack public institutions.
The crackdown on the Islamists has severely impacted their ability to gather supporters on the street, and the movement pressing for Morsi's reinstatement has only been able to muster several thousand protesters in recent rallies.
"We welcome any calls for calm, but we will continue protesting in a peaceful manner," Salah Gomaa, a member of the Anti-Coup Alliance led by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, told a news conference.
The Islamist coalition has held almost daily rallies following a deadly police operation on August 14 to disperse their two protest camps in Cairo.
More than 1,000 people were killed in the operation and ensuing violence, and police have rounded up more than 2,000 Islamists, according to security sources.
Morsi himself is being held at a secret location and faces charges related to his 2011 escape from prison and of inciting the death and torture of protesters.