Come out in rebellion, Egypt’s Brotherhood calls on supporters
The Muslim Brotherhood has called for a “rebellion” against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi following the killing of several of its leaders in a Cairo apartment.
In a Wednesday statement, the Egyptian movement said the leaders were “murdered in cold blood,” describing the president as a “butcher”.
“Come out in rebellion and in defense of your country, yourselves and your children,” read the statement. “Destroy the citadels of his oppression and tyranny and reclaim Egypt once more.”
The statement followed a raid by Egyptian police in western Cairo that left nine members of the opposition movement dead earlier in the day.
It called the killings “a turning point that will have its own repercussions… Sisi is initiating a new phase during which it will not be possible to control the anger of the oppressed sectors who will not accept to be killed in their own houses and in the middle of their families.”
The Brotherhood said the men were tasked with supporting the families of the movement’s detainees, adding that they were “rounded up inside the house and then were murdered in cold blood without any investigations or indictments.”
The Interior Ministry, however, gave a different account of the incident, saying the nine were fugitive and were busy devising terrorist plots against the army, police, judiciary, and the media.
Two of them had already been given death terms, it added in a statement, announcing the discovery of weapons as well as 43,000 Egyptian pounds ($5,630) in the apartment.
The materials seized during the raid would be used in the probe into the death of chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat, who succumbed to his wounds in the hospital after a car bomb hit his convoy in the capital Cairo on Monday.
The operation also killed three of Egyptian special forces, the aftermath of whose raid was displayed on state TV, showing bloodied bodies on the floor with several Kalashnikov assault rifles, according to The Associated Press.
Sisi has resorted to a heavy-handed crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood after Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was toppled in a July 2013 military coup.