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  8/14/2013, Elul 8, 5773

Muslim Brotherhood Claims 500 Killed in Riots


Muslim Brotherhood members claimed that the death toll in the Cairo riots has now exceeded 500. The number of people injured was estimated at 9,000 people. So far there has been no verification as to the exact number of dead or injured. Official data on events in Cairo indicate dozens of deaths. The interim Egyptian government has sent in security forces to quell protests organized by the Muslim Brotherhood against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. In the city of Minya, it was alleged that police fired tear gas at protesters who were said to be setting fire to a church.

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 and counted among its supporters such historic figures as Hajj Amin al-Husseini and Izz al-Din al-Qassam. Hamas was created out of Muslim Brotherhood groups operating in Gaza in 1987.

The interim Egyptian government is currently being led by Adly Mansour, the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, and Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.