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The Army claimed to have killed 14 militants in shootouts in the Sinai, and to have destroyed 13 more tunnels into Gaza, bringing the total to 1,639 reportedly destroyed by Egypt's military. A rocket fired by suspected Islamist militants in al-Gorah landed in Rafah, killing four children and wounding five other people yesterday. Security forces arrested 47 people after clashes in Sheikh Zuwaid yesterday. Spain, Ireland, and Germany recently lifted restrictions on traveling to Sharm al Sheikh. Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) has been distributing flyers in the Sinai promoting its jihad for the establishment of an Islamic state.
Gunmen killed two police brigadier generals in Sheikh Zuwayed in North Sinai yesterday. The military claimed to have killed a senior Ansar Jerusalem leader as well as two other jihadists. Ansar Jerusalem claimed that three of its members were killed when an Israeli drone struck their car in the Sinai. An Egyptian was arrested while trying to cross over into Israel with explosives he planned to use for an attack. A senior military official said "unprecedented" quantities of arms, ammunition, and drugs are being smuggled into Egypt from Libya. Egyptian authorities said that a claim of responsibility purportedly from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham for last week's murder of 22 border guards was traced to a Twitter account belonging to Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis).
Suspected Islamist militants killed 21 Egyptian soldiers in Wadi al-Gadid near the borders with Libya and Sudan; two militants were killed in the clash. Egyptian security sources are concerned that Libya-based militants are cooperating with Islamist militants in the Sinai. Security forces turned back an aid convoy of 11 buses and 500 activists that was headed for the Rafah crossing, on grounds that the Sinai was too unstable; the crossing was opened to allow wounded Palestinians to enter Egypt for treatment, however. Abdallah Morsi, a son of former president Morsi, was arrested as he was attempting to escape a prison term for drug abuse; he was headed for Sudan or Libya.
Islamist militants launched a mortar attack on a military post in El Arish, killing seven civilians and a soldier and injuring a child. Three bombs exploded near a Cairo electricity pylon, briefly cutting off power in a western suburb. Egyptian officials are concerned about the presence of Islamist militant camps in Libya near the Egyptian border; an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 fighters, most of them Egyptians, are said to be training in the camps.
Two people were killed and three were wounded in clashes between residents and Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo's Matariya district. Hundreds of pro-Brotherhood supporters of former president Morsi also clashed with police in Alexandria and Giza. Authorities briefly opened the Rafah border crossing yesterday to allow in Palestinians injured by Israeli airstrikes to enter Egypt for treatment, but closed the crossing today. The army is sending 500 tons of food and medical equipment to Gaza.