Egypt arrests senior Brotherhood politician El-Beltagi

August 29, 2013 18:13

CAIRO - Egyptian police captured senior Muslim Brotherhood official Mohamed El-Beltagi on Thursday, security sources said, as they pressed on with a crackdown that has put many of the Islamist group's leaders behind bars in recent weeks.

Beltagi appeared in a recorded statement aired by the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera television news network this week in which he urged Egyptians to join rallies against the military on Friday.The crackdown on the group began after Egypt's army deposed President Mohamed Mursi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, on July 3.

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