The woes of the Muslim Brotherhood were on Monday compounded as a court in Egypt banned all activities of the group and ordered the confiscation of all its assets.
The overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi had sparked off violent protests that led to the death of hundreds of people across Egypt and a crackdown on the Islamist group. The group which claims to have more than 1 million members has been outlawed for most of its 85 years of existence and came into prominence again after the removal of former President Hosni Mubarak. The Brotherhood formed a political party and fielded Morsi as its presidential candidate.
It is believed in some quarters that the new court order may cause the situation to degenerate to a point where citizens may take up arms against the government.