LATEST: Egypt — 2 Dead as 1000s Protest Against Regime
Egypt’s State-run Al-Akhbar, quoting an official, says the interim Government has decided to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a registered non-governmental organization.
“The minister’s decision has in fact been issued but it will be announced at the start of next week in a press conference,” Hany Mahana, spokesman for the Social Solidarity Minister, said.
The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 and formally dissolved by Egypt’s army rulers in 1954. Its registration as an NGO was recognized by a court in March.
Since the July 3 coup that overthrew Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsi, hundreds of Brotherhood members — including Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat El-Shater, and the Secretary-General of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Mohamed El-Beltagy — have been detained.
(Featured Photo: Muslim Brotherhood-backed rally for deposed President Morsi)
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have marched again today in cities across Egypt.
One person was killed and five were injured in Damietta Province in fighting between supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Skirmishes were also reported in Alexandria on the northern coast, with one dead and three wounded, and Tanta in the Nile Delta.
Writing for the Associated Press, Hamza Hendawi portrays a city in southern Egypt taken over by an Islamic group.
Citing a Coptic Orthodox priest, Hendawi claimed the Islamic faction burned an ancient monastery in Dalgo and looted it for a week. The reporter also both Christian and Anglican churches were looted as well.
Dalga, with about 120,000 residents, was occupied by the supporters of deposed President Morsi on July 3, the day he was ousted by the military. The group has twice seen off attempts by the army to send in armored personnel carriers, responding with gunfire.
Father Yoannis, the Coptic priest, said about 40 Christian families have fled Dalga. Local activists say 40 Christian-owned homes and stores have been attacked.