Egypt Army plans mass Brotherhood arrest

Egypt Army plans mass Brotherhood arrest
Sun Jul 7, 2013 16:37:01

The Egyptian Army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is reportedly planning mass imprisonment of members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to an article published by Debka, Middle East sources believe that al-Sisi knows overthrowing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was the first step in a process that includes rewriting of the constitution, setting up an interim administration and holding presidential and parliamentarian elections over the next six months.

Egypt plunged into a fresh wave of unrest after al-Sisi ousted Morsi and dissolved the country's constitution on July 3.

One day later, the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, was sworn in as interim president of the country. The Egyptian military also said Morsi was being held “preventively.”

The article says al-Sisi has planned two moves in order to prevent chaos from engulfing the country.

The first measure includes mass arrest of thousands of the local members of Muslim Brotherhood across the country and incarcerating them in prisons that are already in preparation.

According to the article, al-Sisi is well aware that such a move, similar to the actions of Gamal Abdel Nasser in the fifties and Anwar Sadat in the seventies would face the US opposition, but he would enjoy the support of Persian Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia.

The second measure, the article noted, is general crackdown on an estimated 10,000 armed Salafists, some of them working for al-Qaeda, who dwell Sinai Peninsula.

Citing military sources, the article stated that as the former military intelligence chief, al-Sisi is familiar with the peninsula.

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