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4 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members arrested

They were charged with violence and inciting against the regime

The Gharbeya Investigations Bureau arrested late Saturday four alleged Muslim Brotherhood members in the governorate, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

Police reports were filed concerning the arrests, and were sent to the general prosecution to begin investigations and the questioning of the individuals.

The men were allegedly in possession of fliers which incited chaos and violence, and had anti-government slogans.

The arrests come as part of a continued crackdown by Egyptian authorities on the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

In a recent development, 26 alleged members of the group had their detention renewed for 15 days. The prosecution accuses them of attacking public institutions and targeting electricity towers.

High profile members of the outlawed group are on trial on charges of terrorism related violence, leaving thousands of its members behind bars.

The government blames the Brotherhood for much of the violence in the country, while the organisation insists it is non-violent and is committed to peaceful forms of resistance.

The offensive on the group began shortly after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi of the group. Morsi was overthrown by then-general, now-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, following mass street protests against his turbulent one-year rule.

In August 2013, following Morsi’s ouster the previous month, the interim authorities moved to clear two large pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo. The clearing resulted in hundreds of deaths, mainly of Morsi supporters, but also of some security forces.

Supporters of former president Morsi have been staging weekly protests every Friday since his ouster in July 2013. However, the majority of these protests are restricted to remote villages and working-class neighbourhoods, where security forces experience problems patrolling their streets.

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