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Egypt: Brotherhood chief in poor health, hospitalized

Egyptian authorities have yet to comment on the report about health condition of 72 year-old Mohamed Badie

Egypt: Brotherhood chief in poor health, hospitalized File photo


By Hussein Mahmoud


Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, 72, has been transferred to hospital after his health deteriorated in jail, according to an Egyptian security source.

“Badie is suffering a circulatory collapse,” the source told Anadolu Agency on Saturday. He spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions to speaking to the media.

He said the Brotherhood leader was transferred to al-Maniel hospital in Cairo at dawn after his health devolved at prison.

Late Friday, several Egyptian media outlets reported that Badie had died.

Egyptian authorities have yet to comment on the report.

In a statement, the family of the Brotherhood leader said that they don’t have any information about his health condition.

“What has been published is worrying,” the family said in a statement published online.

The family said they had been banned from visiting the Brotherhood chief for the past two weeks, going on to hold the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for Badie’s health.

Badie, along several Brotherhood leaders, is standing trial on charges of inciting violence following the 2013 coup against elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Since Morsi’s overthrow, Egyptian authorities have launched a relentless crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group, killing hundreds of supporters and jailing thousands.

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