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The army spokesman said security forces had arrested 43 militants and criminals in operations in North Sinai and in cities near the Suez Canal. Hamas denounced Egypt's closure of the Rafah border crossing as a "crime against humanity." Authorities reportedly refused to renew the residency visa for Hamas' Mousa Abu Marzouk. A new purported jihadist group calling itself the Brigades of Ansar al Sharia in the Land of Egypt claimed responsibility for a slew of recent shooting attacks in Egypt.
Two police officers were killed in Qena during a security raid. The army spokesman said three militants were killed and 17 arrested in weekend operations in North Sinai. The Interior Ministry said it arrested two people involved in plot to target a power station in Giza. The army reshuffled a number of its top officers, including the commander in charge of operations in North Sinai.
Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said the government is pursuing a comprehensive plan to deal with terrorists in the country. Security sources said Ansar Jerusalem members were arrested in army operations in North Sinai. A Cairo court will decide on March 24 whether Ansar Jerusalem is a terrorist organization. The cabinet said it would take "decisive" action following the killing of six soldiers yesterday in Cairo.
Six soldiers were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint in the Cairo area. The army spokesman blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack. Ansar Jerusalem confirmed the death of two of its members, including a founder. The Egyptian military is reportedly planning to launch a major offensive against militants in North Sinai.
Unidentified gunmen killed at least one person and injured three others in an attack on a bus transporting security personnel in Cairo. The army spokesman blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack. Masked gunmen also carried out an attack against security personnel in el Arish. Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood were reportedly arrested in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
The Interior Ministry announced the arrest of a terror cell in Dakahlia. The North Sinai security director said attempts to turn the Sinai into an Islamic emirate have been thwarted. The army spokesman said seven militants were killed in the latest operations in North Sinai and that security forces have destroyed 1,370 smuggling tunnels near the border with Gaza. Ansar Jerusalem released a video in which it called on "spies" in the Sinai to repent.
The army said 18 suspected militants and criminals were arrested in North Sinai operations. Authorities reportedly seized a workshop used for creating explosives and bombs in Sheikh Zuweid. A number of Arab foreign ministers met in Cairo to discuss ways to combat terrorism. The Interior Ministry said a terrorist suspected of involvement in the Cairo Security Directorate bombing was killed in a shootout with authorities. A homemade bomb exploded near a police vehicle in Cairo.