Egypt's MB Calls for Uprising After Killings

Egypt's MB Calls for Uprising After KillingsEgypt's MB Calls for Uprising After Killings

Leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement warned of "serious repercussions" and called on its supporters to "rise in revolt" after Egyptian police killed 13 of its members.

Egyptian police raided an apartment in the Cairo suburb on Wednesday and killed 13 of the outlawed group's leading members, including a former member of parliament, Nasser al-Hafy, security sources and a member of the group said, Al Jazeera reported.

The MB members were reportedly meeting to discuss sponsoring the families of detainees when the police stormed the building. The victims' families said the men were unarmed and had been taken into custody earlier in the day but were released after giving fingerprints. Mekameleen TV said the leaders were detained inside a home and "killed in cold blood without any investigation or charges."

In a statement following the deaths, the group described the killings as "a significant development with serious repercussions" and said it held "the criminal [Egyptian President] Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his gang fully responsible for these crimes and their consequences."

"Rise in revolt to defend your homeland, your lives and your children," the statement said, adding: "This murderer is now executing the largest and most horrid massacre against this homeland. Oust the heinous murderer. Destroy the castles of injustice and tyranny. Reclaim Egypt once again."

The group said the incident "pushes the situation onto a very dangerous curve and makes the entire scene highly volatile."

The deaths came as Egypt experienced its deadliest fighting in years. More than 100 fighters from an armed group, the Province of Sinai, and 17 soldiers were killed after simultaneous assaults on military checkpoints in North Sinai on Wednesday, according to military sources.