Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader arrested in Egypt

Mohamed El-Beltagi (C) is carried by supporters during a rally in Cairo's Tahrir square on June 5, 2012.

Story highlights

  • Mohamed El-Beltagi arrested on suspicion of inciting violence, Egyptian media report
  • El-Beltagi among many Muslim Brotherhood leaders arrested since president's ouster
  • El-Beltagi's daughter was killed during Cairo sit-in crackdowns this month

Egyptian security forces arrested a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader on suspicion of inciting violence after last month's ouster of then-President Mohamed Morsy, state-run media reported Thursday.

Mohamed El-Beltagi was arrested in Giza province, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

The Egyptian military and other security forces have arrested a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders since the ouster of Morsy, who belonged to the brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. In many cases, those arrested have been accused of inciting violence.

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Egypt has been in turmoil since the military ousted Morsy in early July. The military and Morsy opponents have battled Muslim Brotherhood members and other Morsy supporters.

This month, hundreds of people -- citizens as well as members of security forces -- were killed. Many of the deaths occurred when the military used force to clear two pro-Morsy sit-in sites in Cairo, and when violence raged after pro-Morsy supporters staged demonstrations two days later.

El-Beltagi's 17-year-old daughter, Asmaa, died in violence related to the sit-in crackdowns, Al-Ahram reported.

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