WASHINGTON — The Egyptian government has officially declared that the Muslim Brotherhood, who used to hold the parliament and the presidency until a military coup toppled it, a terrorist organization.
Reuters reported that at least 38 supporters were arrested for belonging to a terrorist organization after a suicide bombing killed 16 people in the Nile Delta region.
The Muslim Brotherhood condemned the Nile Delta attack and accused the government of violence, where security forces have killed many of its supporters. The government has also arrested dozens of its supporters in light of increased violence. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government led by Mohammed Morsi, said that Egypt will remain “steadfast” in the face of growing terrorism within the country. Morsi is now facing trial for treason and inciting violence, among multiple charges.
A separate bomb attack in Cairo, the capital city, injured five people.
The jail terms for those associated with the Muslim Brotherhood is five years in prison if they participate in a protest for the organization, and those accused under the terrorism law could see life in prison or even death. Under the new law, whoever finances or promotes the Muslim Brotherhood “verbally and in writing” could be charged.