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Egypt orders arrest of Brotherhood leaders

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Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and eight senior members of the Islamist movement on Wednesday, MENA state news agency reported.

The arrest warrant for Badie and the senior Islamist officials were for a probe over accusations of inciting violence.

Badie had been detained for questioning and later released following the army's decision to oust Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, who hails from the Brotherhood, on July 3, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called on Wednesday for demonstration in support of a crackdown on “terrorism and violence.” Islamists denounced Sisi’s statement and said it was a call to “civil war” ahead of their own rallies.

There has been rising tension following the military’s ouster of Mursi. The army chief’s call for protests increases the chances of further violence in the country between pro- and anti-Mursi citizens.

(With Reuters)