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The Muslim Brothers pleaded from inside the mosque for Egypt's security forces to rescue them from a siege outside of angry Egyptians.

Al-Fath Mosque cleared, multiple arrests made

CAIRO (BBC News) - Egypt's security forces have cleared a Cairo mosque after a long stand-off with Muslim Brotherhood supporters barricaded inside, state media says. All the protesters have now been taken out of the mosque, and many have been arrested, security forces say.

The confrontation at the Al-Fath mosque continued for most of the day - with exchanges of gunfire between security forces and protesters.

Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi believes the protests are "terrorist acts", according to his spokesman, Sharif Shawqi. Mr Shawqi told a televised news conference on Saturday that the Muslim Brotherhood's return to power was impossible.

'Nobody is safe'

The stand-off began overnight, when the Al-Fath mosque - which was being used as a makeshift clinic for the injured and morgue for the dead from clashes on Friday - turned instead into what correspondents describe as a fortress.

Brotherhood members barricaded themselves inside, using anything at their disposal. It turned into a scene of chaos. Tear gas was fired into the building, and security forces exchanged fire with at least one gunman in the minaret.

Egyptian police have been bringing some Morsi supporters out of the building - leading some, dragging others - but are then having to protect them from angry mobs armed with bats and pieces of wood who are trying to attack them, correspondents say.

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Many of the protesters have now been arrested. State TV is showing lines of detained people kneeling on the floor of the mosque with security forces around them.

Mohammed al-Zawahiri arrested in Giza

Separately, the Egyptian authorities say they have arrested the brother of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. Mohammed al-Zawahiri was detained at a checkpoint in Giza, near Cairo, because of his links to Mr Morsi, according to security officials.

Also on Saturday, the Muslim Brotherhood said on its Facebook page that Ammar Badie, the son of the movement's spiritual leader, General Guide Mohamed Badie, was one of those killed during protests on Friday. The Brotherhood said that Ammar Badie, 38, had died of a bullet wound in Ramses Square.

The secretary-general of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, Mohammed al-Beltagi, says his 17-year-old daughter, Asmaa, died in earlier protests.

1500 Morsi supporters barricaded in Al Fath Mosque (Video)



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Aug 18th, 2013 at 04:08:27 AM EST

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