20 Muslim Brotherhood women supporters arrested in Alexandria clashes

Ahram Online, Thursday 31 Oct 2013

Women Muslim Brotherhood supporters are arrested amid clashes with residents in Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city, days ahead of the trial of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi

Some 20 women supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested in clashes with residents of one of the most populous areas in Alexandria, Al-Ahram Arabic website has reported.

Clashes started Thursday when dozens of protesters allegedly blocked a main road in the coastal city and started damaging shop facades, prompting violent encounters with shop owners. The two groups hurled stones at each other. The severity and number of injuries is still not confirmed.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been staging near daily protests calling for the reinstatement of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi who was deposed by the military 3 July amid mass protests against his rule.

Pro-Morsi protests chanting against the military have often resulted in clashes with security forces and local residents with anti-Brotherhood sentiments.

Egypt's interim authorities have cracked down on Islamists since Morsi's ouster. Large numbers of Muslim Brotherhood members are detained on charges of inciting violence, including the group's top leaders. Mohamed Morsi himself is due in court 4 November to face charges of inciting violence.

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