Ministry closes 112 NGOs for alleged MB ties

Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity dissolved 112 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across the country on Sunday for their alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, according to several local media sources. 

The NGOs in question were based in Monufiya, Beni Suef, Daqahlia, Gharbiya, Ismailia and Qena, privately owned Youm7 newspaper reported.

Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly stated that the decision is based on the 2013 ruling that banned the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated activities.

The minister added that current inspections are highlighting organizations that have no headquarters and have carried out no activities to date.

The money from the dissolved organizations will be reportedly transferred to a fund supporting civil society organizations, Youm7 added.

Last week, the ministry closed 169 NGOs across Egypt for their ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as dissolving the board of directors of four large organizations: The Islamic Medical Organization, Rabea Charity Organization, Al-Khlafaa al-Rashideen and Al-Dawa al-Islamiya Organization. They were reportedly suspended for funding “illegal activities” and replacement groups were recruited to continue their medicinal and community-based services.

Five days ago, 47 civil society groups were dissolved in Kafr el-Sheikh. According to Aly Abdel Rahman, the deputy for the Ministry of Solidarity in the area, the organizations weren’t active and were not providing any services.  

Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in 2013. A judicial committee tasked with freezing the assets of the organization issued a list of at least 1,000 NGOs allegedly owned and operated by the Brotherhood. The committee ordered the confiscation of their funds, saying they were being used to finance illegal activities.

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