CAIRO: 5 people were injured in an explosion in Sidi Gaber while security forces have arrested Thursday 157 suspects affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in nine governorates.
MB members and supporters orchestrated demonstrations across Egypt’s governorates today to mark the first anniversary of the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013. Morsi was toppled by the army when he repeatedly ignored the millions who were protesting against him on 30 June.
MB demonstrations took place amid several bomb blasts, as one man was killed while allegedly making a bomb in an apartment in Giza’s northern district of Imbaba, security source told Al-Masry Al-Youm. The blast resulted in the injury of another man.
Two more bombs exploded earlier today in two police stations in Imbaba, the source said. The unidentified perpetrators fled the scene while no casualties have been reported.
Another explosion occurred late Wednesday inside a car nearby Cairo’s military airforce hospital in Abasseya, while the perpetrators escaped and no casualties have been reported.
Two other bombs were defused Thursday morning in 6 October City south of Giza governorate, according to Youm7.
The Ministry of Interior said in its Thursday statement that arrested suspects possessed Molotov cocktails, fireworks and one was arrested in Dakahlia possessing a homemade pistol.
The arrests took place in Cairo, Alexandria, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Damietta, Fayoum, Minya and Asyut.
Today’s clashes were mainly centered in Haram Street in Giza, where police fired tear gas bombs to disperse marches, while protesters set fire to car tires and cut off roads.
Other clashes happened in the Cairo district of Maadi between protesters who gathered in front of Hamza mosque and police forces, Youm7 reported.
In Ain Shams after Iftar, MB supporters stormed Ain-Shams Metro station, suspending the trains’ movement for while.
On Wednesday, security forces arrested leading member of the National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy, Magdy Qurqur.
Days before Qurqur’s arrest, security forces also arrested Ali Magdy Hussein, chief editor of al-Shaab newspaper and a leading member of the alliance in addition to two other members belonging to the Building and Development Party, the political arm of Gamaa Islamiyya.
Such arrests may lead to the collapse of the only remaining opposing coalition, which was formed after Morsi’s ouster, objecting to what happened July3, 2013.
Additional reporting by Amira El-Fekki.