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Egypt withdrew from an international meeting on Libya, protesting the inclusion of Qatar and Turkey, "countries outside the African Union." A grenade attack targeting a bus injured three in Port Said.
Jihadists claimed to have bombed a pipeline in North Sinai that carries oil into Jordan; the claim is unverified. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said that 208 people who had "taken up arms" against security forces were killed in 2014, and almost 1,000 were arrested. Sisi also argued that freedom of expression and protest rights were secondary to the country's basic stability. Egypt closed its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen due to security concerns.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi released a statement claiming that free speech rights in Egypt are intact and that there are no political prisoners in the country, while calling for a renewed dialogue on Islam. A traditional Jewish festival that would have taken place on Jan. 10 did not happen as an Alexandria administrative court formally banned it in December. Former president Mohammed Morsi claimed that he is still the country's chief executive at his trial on espionage charges. A roadside bomb injured four soldiers in the North Sinai. Security forces destroyed a .75 mile tunnel in Rafah used for smuggling across the border between Sinai and Gaza. Egypt will reopen the Rafah border crossing into Gaza for three days starting on Jan. 20.
Three Bedouins were beheaded by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in the Sinai for allegedly "conspiring with Israel," according to the government; another man was shot and killed for "dealing with" the army. Three additional men were found executed in Rafah, and one woman was injured in a separate shooting.
A court overturned the embezzlement convictions of former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons. Egypt's Grand Mufti, who had previously condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris, warned the magazine Charlie Hebdo about publishing its latest caricature of Mohammad, calling it an "unwarranted provocation" of Muslims. A police captain was found dead in North Sinai, two days after his disappearance; Ansar Beit al-Maqdis is suspected in the killing.
Two men were found decapitated in a village in North Sinai on Jan. 10; Ansar Beit Al Maqdis jihadists are suspected of the atrocity. One "terrorist element" was killed and one soldier was injured after a car chase in the Al-Wahat area of the Western desert. Unidentified gunmen shot at a police checkpoint in Giza, injuring three policemen. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will meet with the head of the World Jewish Congress. An atheist was sentenced to three years in jail by an Egyptian court for insulting Islam and "belittl[ing] the divine" via Facebook posts.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gave a speech during mass at an Orthodox cathedral in Abasseya, marking the first time an Egyptian head of state participated in a Christmas ceremony. Egypt's leading clerical authority condemned yesterday's terrorist attack in Paris.
A policeman was killed as he attempted to defuse a bomb placed near a gas station in Cairo. Terrorists killed two policemen guarding a Coptic church south of Cairo. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a "religious revolution" and reformation of aggressive interpretations of Islam in a speech made to a gathering of Egypt's leading clerics.
A bomb blast in north Sinai injured at least five people, including two policemen. Egypt has started expanding its buffer zone with Gaza, a plan that calls for the destruction of about 1,200 residences. One civilian was killed and three policemen were injured when gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in Cairo.
The Egyptian military claims that Tawfiq Awwad "Abu Seiba," a commander of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, was killed in a firefight with security forces in Rafah. Egyptian forces killed one suspected militant and arrested 11 others during operations in Sinai; the first phase of the government's expanded buffer zone with Gaza will cost $70 million. A roadside bomb killed two soldiers in North Sinai.
The interior ministry announced that security forces killed five Islamic State-affliated Ansar Bayt al Maqdis fighters in a raid in northern Egypt. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi replaced the chief of general intelligence after an embarrassing information leak, citing health reasons. Egypt reopened the border with Gaza for the first time in two months on Dec. 21. The US has delivered 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt.