Egypt holds Black Bloc member over 'Israeli sabotage plan'
Israel rejects the notion of involvement in Black Bloc issue as Egypt arrests a member of the newly-rising group of carrying out an Israel-backed sabotage plan
AFP , Friday 1 Feb 2013
A protester opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gestures and flees from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes along Mohamed Mahmoud street near Tahrir Square in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained a member of the Black Bloc group suspected of planning to carry out an Israeli-directed sabotage plan, the official MENA news agency said.
One person "belonging to the Black Bloc organisation was arrested inside a building overlooking Tahrir Square carrying Israeli plans to target petrol companies and vital installations, maps of these places and instructions on setting fire to some places," MENA reported.
Israel firmly rejected the notion of its involvement in any such plot.
The state security prosecution is currently questioning the suspect who is accused of "belonging to an illegal organisation and planning to sabotage private and public property."
According to MENA, the suspect admitted to belonging to the Black Bloc, a group of masked protesters who have appeared among protesters in recent clashes with police.
The suspect was spotted by a security guard in a residential building off Tahrir Square and handed over to police, MENA said.
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said he had no idea whether or not the Black Bloc member intended to carry out a plan of sabotage, but the claim of Israeli involvement was "utter nonsense."
The arrest comes on the eve of planned protests against President Mohamed Morsi as deadly unrest has swept the country.