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Egyptian Police Arrest Two Muslim Brotherhood Lawmakers


Egyptian police have arrested two opposition lawmakers from the Muslim Brotherhood as part of an ongoing crackdown on the banned group.

The lawmakers, Sabri Amer and Ragab Abu Zaid, were detained Wednesday at their homes north of the capital, Cairo.

Egyptian authorities revoked the two legislators' parliamentary immunity earlier this year, accusing them of taking part in illegal activities. The Muslim Brotherhood's parliamentary bloc said Wednesday its members would not be intimidated.

The Brotherhood is Egypt's largest opposition movement and controls about one-fifth of the seats in the lower house of parliament. Its lawmakers run as independents because Egypt's government banned the group in 1954.

The Muslim Brotherhood says 500 of its members are in Egyptian jails. The group says it wants to transform Egypt into an Islamic state through democratic reforms.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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