Tensions Mar Id al-Fitr in Iran, Egypt

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CBNNews.com - Tensions rose between Muslim groups in Egypt and Iran during the three-day Id al-Fitr festival, marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan.

In Egypt, security forces from the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) took over the Abu Joud mosque, used by the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's opposition party.

According to al-Jazeera, NDP troops decorated the area with banners and flags for the festival during the night, under the auspices of the Egyptian government and the "watchful eyes" of the Waqf (Islamic religious trust) Ministry officials.

In 1954, the Egyptian government banned the Muslim Brotherhood, but it remains the nation's largest opposition group, holding one-fifth of the seats in the parliament.

Meanwhile in Iran, the country's security forces began arresting members of the Democratic Solidarity Party of al-Ahwaz for not celebrating Id al-Fitr in accordance with the government's policies.

According to al-Arabiya television, Iranian security forces are arresting Arabs indiscriminately to wipe out their identity and terrorize the population.

Sources: The Media Line, The Jerusalem Post

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