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Egypt Arrests Senior Brotherhood Politician el-Beltagi


Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagy (L) shouts slogans with protesters supporting deposed Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi gathering outside the Republican Guard barracks where Mursi is held in Cairo, July 5, 2013.

Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagy (L) shouts slogans with protesters supporting deposed Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi gathering outside the Republican Guard barracks where Mursi is held in Cairo, July 5, 2013.

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 late on Thursday 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 Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, on July 3.
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