Egyptian Army Accused of Not Protecting Christians

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Egypt's military has pursued a relentless crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, arresting most of the group's top leaders and planners. But the crisis is far from over.

Scenes of churches burning across Egypt should have never happened. Amnesty International is accusing security forces of a "shocking dereliction of duty" in protecting Christians.

"The backlash against Coptic Christians should have been anticipated," Amnesty said in a statement. "In the current political stand off, both the Egyptian authorities and the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood have shamefully failed to prevent and stop attacks on Coptic Christians."

At least 60 churches were destroyed, along with Christian schools, homes, and businesses.

The streets of Cairo are relatively calm Tuesday night. The army escalated their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by arresting its top spiritual advisor Mohamed Badie for incitement to murder. The group said his arrest was "just one Brotherhood member."

"He is of huge value for us, we are in pain," said Khaled Hanafi, a member of the Freedom and Justice Party. "But the Brotherhood operates as a coalition on all levels of society and his arrest will not affect our operations."

But it has so far, with the Brotherhood's most experienced and respected leaders now behind bars.

"Thank God that Mohammed Badie has been arrested, and the government should take all the necessary measures for the Brotherhood to stop," Gamal Mahmoud, a local resident of Cairo, said.

Meanwhile, the White House is disputing a report that the U.S. has already cut military aid to Egypt, saying events in the country are still unfolding.

"That aid that we have provided in the past or the aid that's in the pipeline for us to provide moving forward is something that is under review," Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

And in a move that is likely to inflame an already volatile situation, Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in 2011, could be a free man within hours.

A court acquitted him of corruption charges, but he still faces allegations of killing hundreds of protestors during the uprising.

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