Political tensions have been mounting ahead of the upcoming election. On Tuesday, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood accused the government of cracking down ahead of November's parliamentary vote, as police detained at least 28 members of the country's biggest opposition group. The Brotherhood stated on its website that police arrested 11 members of the group in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on Monday.
According to it, police also arrested 10 members in dawn raids in the province of Daqhiliya the previous day. "There has been an escalation in arrests ahead of the elections," politburo member Essam al-Erian was quoted as saying by AFP, adding that the security services had warned Brotherhood activists against contesting the election.