Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa accused the Muslim Brotherhood of attempting to poison Nile water, in a forum in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
According to Gomaa, the Brotherhood was targeting electricity stations, poisoning water, and inciting people through foreign countries. “The crimes committed by the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group are considered an unbearable national betrayal,” he added.
Fostering peace in Muslim Communities, an annual conference is held in Abu Dhabi to discuss the risks of sectarian strife. The conference convened on Tuesday for the second year, bringing together a wide range of religious scholars, including Egypt’s Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, and Gomaa.
In a research paper proposed during the conference, Gomaa added: “Iran has been using some doctrines and groups to achieve influence on other countries over the past period.”
A major phosphate container spilled in the River Nile in Qena last Tuesday. The incident has raised doubts among families, officials and media personnel as a potential cause for mass poisonings. A week earlier, electricity was partially restored after eight Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) exploded at Egypt’s Media Production City (EMPC) and in some areas in 6th of October City.
Following the Brotherhood regime’s ouster in July 2013 and its subsequent banning by the judiciary a few months later, the group has been cited for the majority of security-unrest related incidents. The minister’s statements followed strict measures being taken to eliminate Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated preachers from the religious arena.
The Ministry of Religious Endowments said it will put schools allegedly belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood under scrutiny, and will change their current management, in early April.