Egypt orders 504 Islamists to face mass tribunal

Updated 15 May 2014

Egypt orders 504 Islamists to face mass tribunal

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have ordered more than 500 supporters of Islamist President Muhammad Mursi to face a mass tribunal on violence charges.
Thousands of Mursi supporters have been arrested, killed and injured in a heavy crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood since the Islamist leader was toppled on July 3. The Muslim Brotherhood has been labeled a terrorist organization and its assets have been confiscated.
On Monday, Egypt’s main prosecutor Hisham Barakat referred 504 of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters to the Cairo Criminal Court on charges ranging from murder and using violence during deadly clashes that broke out during Aug. 16 demonstrations.
The events came two days after the military-backed government razed sprawling protest camps, killing hundreds of people and sparking days of unrest.


Gaza residents donate blood for Beirut victims

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Gaza residents donate blood for Beirut victims

  • Dozens took part in a blood drive in the city of Khan Younis on Wednesday
  • “I donated my blood in a moment of loyalty to the Lebanese people,” said Khan Younis resident Abu Diab Ouida

GAZA: Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are participating in a blood donation drive to try and help victims of the explosion in Beirut that has wounded thousands.
Dozens took part in a blood drive in the city of Khan Younis on Wednesday, which was sponsored by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Organizers said they will coordinate with the International Committee of the Red Cross to try to get the blood donations delivered to Lebanon.
“I donated my blood in a moment of loyalty to the Lebanese people,” said Khan Younis resident Abu Diab Ouida.
The Gaza Strip has been under a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007, after the Islamist militant group Hamas took power from Palestinian rivals in an armed coup. It remains unclear whether the donated blood will be able to reach Lebanon.