Police continue to arrest ‘terrorist cells’

Adham Youssef
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An Egyptian supporter of the banned Muslim brotherhood, leans on a wall decorated with images of ousted president Mohamad Morsi, with a slogan that reads "Our President, Dr. Mohamad Morsi " and the word "boycott" in the village of Kirdassa, a hot bed for Islamists southeast of Cairo, May 26, 2014. Egyptians voted for a new president in an election expected to sweep to power the ex-army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew the country's first democratically-elected leader and crushed his Islamist movement. (AFP PHOTO/ MARWAN NAAMANI)

Security forces continued campaigns to arrest individuals suspected of committing violence, bombing, and targeting officials in Gharbeya and Ismailia governorates.

In Gharbeya, police arrested Tuesday 12 members of a “terrorist cell” named ” the revolutionary mobilisation”, which according to the Ministry of Interior were planning to commit violence during the upcoming Eid holidays.

In the same city also, state media reported that a Muslim Brotherhood member was arrested. The report added that he was in charge of media coverage for channels known for its Brotherhood bias, such as Misr Al-Aan and Rassd News Network.

All of the arrested men were referred to the military prosecution.

On Monday, the ministry released a statement announcing that nine alleged members of the now outlawed Brotherhood were arrested in Ismailia. They were charged of targeting police personnel.

After the arrests, police forces found a number of machine guns, ammunition, and birdshot.

The arrests come as part of a continued crackdown by Egyptian authorities on the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The group was designated a terrorist organisation by the government in December 2013, and a tough security clampdown has landed thousands of its members behind bars.

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