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Egypt 'detains senior Muslim Brotherhood leader'

Egyptian authorities have detained senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam el-Erian, the latest arrest in a government crackdown against the Islamist movement, Reuters reported, citing an Interior Ministry source.

Deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, Essam el-Erian. Credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Erian, the deputy leader of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, was taken into custody from a residence in Cairo where he had been in hiding.

"Yes, he's been arrested and details will soon be released," the source told Reuters.

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Egypt police capture senior Muslim Brotherhood official

Egyptian police have captured senior Muslim Brotherhood official Mohamed El-Beltagi ,security sources told Reuters.

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 3rd.

Egypt ambassador: Brotherhood gunmen caught on film

Egypt's ambassador to London has shown reporters a series of videos which purport to show gunmen firing at security forces from the midst of Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators.

Ambassador Ashraf Elkholy said the videos show gunmen shooting from the midst of unarmed protesters before taking cover, and even shooting people on their own side of the barricades by accident.

ITV News cannot independently confirm the veracity of this video.

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Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader

The Egyptian prosecutor's office has ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie on charges of inciting violence, state news agency MENA reported.

The office also ordered the arrest of other senior Brotherhood officials, including Badie's deputy Mahmoud Ezzat and party leaders Essam el-Erian and Mohamed el-Beltagi, it stated.

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi are gathered at Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo. Credit: REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

The charges relate to what Egypt's military described as an "assault" by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on the Republican Guard headquarters on Monday, which left 55 people dead.

The Muslim Brotherhood said its leaders have yet to be detained.

Spokesman Gehad el-Haddad said the charges were "nothing more than an attempt by the police state to dismantle the Rabaa protest," a vigil being held by its supporters at the Rabaa Adaweya square in northeastern Cairo.

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