File - Former presidential candidate Khaled Ali, center, chants slogans during a protest in front of the general prosecutor's office in Cairo, Egypt, March 26, 2013.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Egypt's crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country's biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials.Four senior officials -- two from the Interior Ministry and two from the military -- gave The Associated Press a count of 16,000, including about 3,000 top- or mid-level members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.Some 2,000 Brotherhood supporters have been killed by police in crackdowns on pro-Morsi protests that Islamists have held for months around the country.Human rights activists' reports of abuses by the police have caused little public outcry.He and the others were taken to a second police station and held for 10 days, with about 15 people crammed in a 7-square-meter (square-yard) cell, then were taken to Abu Zaabal prison just north of Cairo.At the prison, they were kept in the parked police truck for 90 minutes. Ahmed el-Yamani, a 52-year-old Brotherhood member who was held for nearly five months after his arrest in August, said he shared a 7-by-5 meter (yard) cell with 35 other detainees.
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