Egypt interim government says it mulls dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood, as the death toll from Friday clashes reaches 173.
On Saturday, Sherif Shawki, spokesman of the Egyptian Cabinet, announced that the legal possibility of the group’s dissolution “is being studied currently” by the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
Shawki did not provide further information with regard to the decision.
The announcement came after the country’s Interior Ministry said 1,004 members of the group, founded in 1928, were detained on Saturday following nationwide protests by Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters against the army and its hand-picked government on Friday.
According to Egyptian Health Ministry, at least 173 people, including 95 in central Cairo, were killed and 1,330 others wounded in clashes across the North African country on Friday.
The ministry added that the victims included 53 security forces.
This came after Egyptian security forces killed almost 640 people during a crackdown on two pro-Morsi camps — one near the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City and a another one at Nahda Square in Giza, on Wednesday.
Egypt has been the scene of massive protests since July 3, when army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, removed Morsi from office, suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament
On July 5, Brotherhood supreme leader, Mohammed Badie, said the coup against Morsi was illegal and millions would remain on the street until he is reinstated as president.
Badie vowed to “complete the revolution” that toppled the Western-backed regime of former Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, in 2011.
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