Egyptian authorities rounded up more than 1,000 Islamists and began considering legally dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood, as the party defiantly called for a week of nationwide protests starting today. Among those arrested was the brother of al-Qaida head Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Newsmax World website reports today (August 17, 2013).
The move came after yesterday's death toll in protests added another 173 people killed to more than 600 slain earlier in the week. More than 1,300 have been wounded in clashes around the country with almost half of the injured from central Cairo violence alone.
Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Bablawi proposed today the legal dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood party and the idea is being studied by the government, a spokesman for the government said. The proposal was made to Egypt's ministry of social affairs, which licenses non-governmental organizations, spokesman Sherif Shawky said.
Egypt's interior ministry said more than 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood "elements" had been arrested today, accusing members of Morsi's movement of committing acts of terrorism during the clashes.