CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is in crisis.
Just days after the Egyptian army, backed by popular protests, ousted Brotherhood leader and former President Mohamed Morsi from power Wednesday, the Islamist organization’s top echelons are facing an unprecedented wave of arrests. Its media channels have largely been shut down and journalists arrested by army and police forces.
In Cairo Monday morning, 51 of the president’s remaining supporters were killed after the military opened fire on a group of dawn worshippers outside the headquarters of the Republican Guard, an elite unit of soldiers that guards the president.
The Brotherhood is calling the killings a “massacre,” and field hospitals in the area have struggled to cope with the influx of casualties. The army has said it was the work of an armed gang that attacked the institution. Either way, it marked the single worst day of violence since the crisis started last week.
"The sky was thick with tear gas and bullets," said Ahmed Said, an eyewitness at the scene. “So many people died, I saw two of my brothers fall."
After Egypt army crackdown, is the Muslim Brotherhood fighting for survival?
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