The Muslim Brotherhood have called for a rebellion against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi, saying nine of the movement's leaders were murdered in “cold blood” in a Cairo hotel.
An official statement released in English by the Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday called on the Egyptian people for a rebellion. "Come out in rebellion and in defense of your country, yourselves and your children," the statement read.
"Destroy the citadels of his oppression and tyranny and reclaim Egypt once more."
About an hour before the Brotherhood statement, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said nine senior Muslim Brotherhood members were targeted in their apartment in Cairo.
The Brotherhood have said these killings are a “turning point” for Egypt and there will certainly be “repercussions”.
The Brotherhood described the event that left nine of its leaders dead in a Cairo hotel room as being "rounded up inside the house and then were murdered in cold blood without any investigations or indictments."
The leaders that were killed were from a Brotherhood committee that assists families of the organisations incarcerated members and "martyrs".
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Last month, Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death along with many other senior Muslim Brotherhood members.
Earlier this week, Egypt’s top prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bombing.
At Barakat’s funeral Sisi accused Brotherhood members for his death.
However, the attack came shortly after a militant group named Sinai Peninsula also known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, an affiliate of ISIS in Egypt, called for targeting the judiciary.
Heavy clashes took place on Wednesday between the Egyptian army and Ansar Bait al-Maqdis militants in Sinai killed over 70 people, including soldiers.
Sherify Mohy El Din, a researcher in counter-terrorism and human rights for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) asserted “I believe that the operation was carried out by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, because it was conducted in the same manner in which the group carried out the assassination attempt of [former Prime Minister Mohamed] Ibrahim.”
Today, attacks by Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis have left over seventy Egyptian military personnel dead in Northern Sinai.
The Muslim Brotherhood consistently denounces ISIS and Sinai militants for their use of violence.
Cairo’s Criminal Court has on June 16 sentenced deposed president Mohamed Morsi to death for breaking out of jail in 2011 despite revising a previous death sentence for espionage to 25 years in prison.
The Muslim Brotherhood's grand leader Mohamed Badie was also sentenced to death for breaking out of jail after he too had his previous death sentence for espionage lifted.
Meanwhile, 17 others were sentenced to death in an espionage case, including Khairat al Shater and Mohamed al Beltagy. Thirteen more defendants were additionally sentenced to death in absentia, including prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al Qaradawi.
The court had ultimately accused the Muslim Brotherhood which Mohammed Morsi was a part of "committing acts which led to compromising the independence of the country, its unity and territorial integrity," courtroom said. "Investigations revealed the Muslim Brotherhood leaders are in close alliance with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas."
The killing of nine senior Muslim Brotherhood members today, is the latest example of Sisi’s brutal crackdown on the organisation.
Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat died on Monday 29 June, after being wounded in a car bomb explosion in a Cairo neighbourhood.
Barakat was taken to the nearby al Nozha hospital after being wounded in the attack, in the residential district of Heliopolis near a military faculty as his convoy was passing, state news agency MENA reported.
The Sisi administration blamed Muslim brotherhood for the prosecutor's death, even though the Brotherhood immediately condemned the attack and denied any possible affiliation to the assassination.