Egypt orders the arrest of 260 Morsi supporters
Egypt’s general prosecution on Monday ordered the arrest of 260 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting violence during Saturday’s Al-Fath Mosque clashes.
The 260 are accused of forming an illegal organisation, inciting murder and inciting the breaking into Azbakeya police station in Cairo’s Ramses Square.
Fierce clashes erupted at Al-Fath Mosque in Ramses Square, central Cairo, on Saturday between Morsi supporters and opponents, as well as with police. Around 1,500 pro-Morsi protesters sought refuge inside Al-Fath Mosque in Cairo's Ramses district, demanding a “safe exit” from the area.
Gunshots were eventually fired from inside of the mosque as police fired back before the police stormed in arresting those inside.
The interior ministry announced on Saturday that 1,004 were arrested nationwide since clashes broke out Friday. It also announced that illegal weapons had been confiscated.
The military's spokesperson announced earlier on Friday that the armed forces had arrested 60 during clashes in Ramses.
Morsi supporters announced they would be holding a week of demonstrations all over Egypt protesting the violent dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda Square sit-ins Wednesday.
Over 800 people were killed and thousands injured when the police dispersed protest camps of Morsi supporters in Cairo’s Nasr City district and Giza and the subsequent clashes between police and Morsi loyalists.