The Egyptian security forces carried out a dawn raid on Al-Edwa village, Al-Sharqeya, the hometown of Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt, who was ousted by a military coup in 2013, according to Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed.
Al–Edwa has been organizing together with other villages weekly protests against the government and security forces since the brutal military coup in 2013.
The police forces stormed several houses and arrested several people allegedly connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The village has been raided several times and witnessed violent confrontations between protesters and the police.
The Brotherhood’s spokesperson Hassan Saleh said on his official social networking site that the police and army forces used “100 armored vehicles” to raid the village of al-Edwa in Egypt’s northern governorate of Sharqeya, storming the house of President Morsi’s sister Azza Morsi.”
He added, “The raid is a continuation of violations against the family of the country’s legitimate president.”
Saleh continued, “It shows how confused the military regime’s security apparatus is, especially with a powerful wave of protests against their crimes on the anniversary of the Rabaa massacre.”
The Egyptian Coordination of Rights and Freedoms said that the police raid targeted 10 houses. The rights group also mentioned that “houses were looted and EGP 2m were stolen.” It stated on its website, “Some houses were damaged and looted.”
However, the police did not mention any information about monetary confiscation.
In the same context, the Cairo-based group said that the raid resulted in the arrest of former Brotherhood-affiliated MP Ahmed Ezz and others.
On the other hand, the police said the raid was approved by the prosecution, which ordered the arrest of “several members of the Brotherhood on charges of inciting violence and protesting,” as reported by Daily News Egypt.
The Ministry of Interior’s media center could not confirm the exact number of detainees.
August 14 was the third anniversary of the bloody Rabaa and Al-Nahda sit-ins evacuation that where at least 800 pro-Morsi supporters were dead after the Egyptian security forces opened fire to disperse large crowds opposing the military coup.
Hundreds, more than a thousand by some counts, were killed that day in what human rights organizations count as massacres and crimes against humanity.
Since the military coup, the Egyptian security forces launched massive attacks against the Muslim Brotherhood members. Hundreds were dead and thousands are jailed in prisons that lacks human rights standards and medical care.
The Muslim Brotherhood was labeled a terrorist organization by a Cairo court this year. Accordingly, the court called for banning their activities and ordered the confiscation of its capital, as well as freezing the assets of its members and any affiliated entities.