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Security forces continued to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood, raiding homes tied to the Islamist group's leadership. State agencies reported that 36 Islamists were killed during an attempted prison break. At least one border guard was killed in another attack in the Sinai.
Security forces and supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi continued to clash. Major clashes were reported at the al Fateh mosque in Cairo. Authorities reportedly arrested Mohammed al Zawahiri, the brother of al Qaeda's emir. A government spokesman said the government is considering outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood. The presidency vowed to continue its fight against "terrorism and radicalism."
Numerous clashes were reported between security forces and supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi. At least 60 people are said to have been killed in the latest clashes. Seventeen people have reportedly been killed in attacks in the Sinai in recent days. Rights groups claimed that over 25 Coptic Christian churches were torched, and homes, schools, and shops were attacked, in 10 provinces this week. Egyptian officials expressed concern over recent comments from Salafi jihadists in Gaza calling for 'jihad' against the Egyptian army.
The Health Ministry announced that the death toll from yesterday's clashes is now 525 people. Authorities closed the Rafah crossing with Gaza indefinitely. A Muslim Brotherhood official said the group suffered a blow in yesterday's crackdown. Brotherhood supporters torched a government building in Giza and called for continued protests. Four soldiers were reportedly killed in another attack in the Sinai.