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Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood spokesman

By Ed Payne, CNN
updated 8:20 AM EDT, Wed September 18, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Egyptian military ousted President Mohamed Morsy in July
  • The country has been in turmoil ever since
  • Security forces are arresting high-profile members of the Muslim Brotherhood

(CNN) -- Egyptian security forces have arrested a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman as they continue to round up high-profile members of the organization.

Gehad El-Haddad, a frequent guest on Western media, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at an apartment in a Cairo suburb, Egypt's state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported. He was accused of inciting violence and murder.

El-Haddad was active on social media, notifying supporters of rallies.

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Egypt has been in turmoil since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsy in July. The military and Morsy opponents have battled Muslim Brotherhood members. Morsy led the political arm of the group.

In August, 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.

Violence raged after pro-Morsy supporters staged demonstrations a few days later.

CNN's Jennifer Deaton contributed to this report

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