CAIRO - The Egyptian government's campaign against civil society groups, including US-based organizations, amounts to an attempt to divert public attention from the failures of the military-led authorities, leading civil society groups said on Wednesday.
In a statement, 29 Egyptian groups, including human rights organizations, said they were being subjected to a scare campaign by the authorities, who have brought charges against 43 foreign and local activists who include 19 Americans.
The probe has triggered a crisis in ties between Washington and Cairo that could endanger $1.3 billion in annual US military aid to Egypt. Escalating the row on Tuesday, state-run newspapers splashed accusations of a US plan to spread "anarchy" in Egypt.
Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>