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Egypt death sentences further radicalize MB youths

According to some, the death sentences issued against former President Mohammed Morsi and Brotherhood members in Egypt will push youths into joining extremist groups in Sinai.
A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shouts slogans against an Egyptian court's decision to sentence Mursi and other leaders to death, at a rally in Al Haram street near Giza square, south of Cairo, Egypt June 19, 2015. Mursi will appeal against a conviction for violence, kidnapping and torture imposed by a court over the killing of protesters, his lawyers were quoted as saying by state media on Thursday. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTX1H9EE
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RAFAH, Egypt — The death sentences issued June 16 against former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and 90 Muslim Brotherhood members raised the concerns of political parties on the continued violence in the Sinai Peninsula, with the possibility of this violence expanding across Egypt.

A sheikh from the Sawarka tribe, one of the largest tribes in Sinai, told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that Morsi’s death sentence will adversely affect Sinai. He said that the innocent people of Sinai will pay the price of the continued power struggle between the Egyptian army and the Brotherhood. According to the sheikh, the death sentences will translate into armed violence in Sinai.

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