Women group accuses Egypt’s Brotherhood of using children at sit-ins

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An Egyptian women group has denounced the use of children at sit-ins for supporters of deposed leader Mohammed Mursi, Ahram Online reported on Friday.

Head of the National Council for Women, Mervat al-Tellawy, claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Mursi hails, has used children from orphanages to participate in their protests demanding to reinstate the Islamist president, who was ousted by a popularly backed military coup on July 3.

Tellawy also criticized an image of children at a pro-Mursi protest carrying shrouds with “future martyr” written on them.

She described such practices as precursor of creating a generation of “terrorists.”

She also urged mothers to reconsider their children’s presence at protests, saying it “contradicts religion.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children’s Fund denounced the use of children at sit-ins in a statement published Tuesday.

UNICEF sounded the alarm over reports of children being injured or killed at demonstrations.

“Disturbing images of children taken during street protests indicate that, on some occasions, children have been deliberately used and put at risk as potential witnesses to or victims of violence,” read the statement.

UNICEF, however, didn’t pinpoint which political group has “deliberately” used children.