Egyptian forces raid Al-Jazeera office in Cairo: state media   2013-12-12 18:18:53            

CAIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian security forces on late Wednesday raided the Cairo office of Qatar's Al-Jazeera TV, arresting 11 Qatari citizens including four officers, state-run Ahram website reported Thursday.

The forces also seized some television equipment including camera holders and video tapes.

Egyptian authorities had received reports that some weapons were hidden inside the channel's office, but no arms were found during the raid, Ahram added.

In September, a Cairo court ordered the Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr (Al-Jazeera in Egypt) to go off air along with several Islamist channels for inciting national disorder after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the army on July 3.

An ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar has seen increasing deterioration of relations with Egypt's military-backed interim government since the toppling of Morsi, a Brotherhood member.

Egyptian interim President Adli Mansour has indicated disapproval toward Doha for its interference in his country's internal affairs, saying "our patience is about to run out."

The Egyptian transitional government has decided to give 8 billion U.S.dollars worth of loans back to Qatar, which Egypt received during Morsi's rule.


Egypt court again withdraws from MB leaders' trial

CAIRO, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday withdrew again from the trial of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) chief Mohamed Badie and his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi, for allegedly killing protesters in July, citing disorder in the courtroom, official news agency MENA reported.

Chief of the MB's Freedom and Justice Party Mohamed Saad al- Katatni was also on trial.  Full story

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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