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The army spokesman said operations in North Sinai had resulted in the arrest of 37 militants. Jihadists who have returned from Syria were reportedly being targeted in operations in North Sinai. Six people suspected of carrying out attacks in Sharkiya against policemen last week were detained. Shadi el Menai of Ansar Jerusalem has reportedly entered the Gaza Strip. Officials denied reports that the presidency had upheld the death sentence for 14 Islamist militants.

The army spokesman said raids in North Sinai resulted in the death of three militants and arrest of 10 others. The spokesman also said the total number of militants killed in Friday's airstrikes in North Sinai was now 20, with 70 injured. Security forces in Ismailia reportedly thwarted a suicide bombing attack at a Central Security Forces camp. The Interior Ministry accused the Muslim Brotherhood of forming a military wing.

'Volunteer jihadists' pose security dilemma in Egypt

Israel targets Gaza terror operative linked to Sinai-based Ansar Jerusalem

Egypt's army says 16 militants killed in latest North Sinai airstrikes

The army spokesman did not identify the 16 suspect militants, but some reports have suggested that members of Ansar Jerusalem were targeted. In Cairo, authorities continued to search for the perpetrators of yesterday's bombing.

The army spokesman said overnight airstrikes killed 16 terrorists in North Sinai. He also announced the destruction of seven smuggling tunnels in Rafah as well as the thwarting of a plot to target a bus in North Sinai transporting soldiers. Policemen in a number of governorates went on strike over unmet demands.

Ajnad Misr claims 7th Cairo area attack, 6 wounded

Violence risks turning Egypt to jihadi front

A bombing attack in the Cairo area wounded at least six policemen. The newly announced jihadist group Ajnad Misr claimed responsibility for the attack. In Alexandria, Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed with security forces.

Two security personnel were killed when unidentified gunmen fired upon them in Sharkiya. Security sources claimed that Ansar Jerusalem receives instructions from al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri. The army spokesman said raids in North Sinai resulted in the arrest of seven Islamist militants. A new Islamist alliance is planning on organizing demonstrations and potentially conducting attacks against police.

Jihadist Return Is Said to Drive Attacks in Egypt

The Foreign Ministry requested that Qatar hand over Islamists who have fled to the Gulf power. Two Egyptian soldiers were wounded when an explosive device detonated in the Sinai. Authorities reportedly thwarted a plot to target an installation along the Suez Canal. An army officer was shot dead by gunmen in Sharkiya. Security officials expressed concerned that Islamist militants who fought in Syria are now fighting in North Sinai.

Why an upsurge in terrorism in the Sinai Peninsua raises fears for the Suez Canal

How academics got the Muslim Brotherhood wrong

Officials said 20 terrorists were killed and 41 others wounded or arrested in North Sinai operations. In central Sinai, unidentified gunmen wounded an Egyptian soldier. Security sources said some of those behind the recent bombings in Cairo were apprehended. The head of the Muslim Brotherhood, along with 50 others, was referred to trial on charges of inciting violence.

Shadowy jihadist group poses grave threat to Egypt

Ajnad Misr, Egypt's latest jihadist group

Tunisia, Libya in AQIM crosshairs

Ansar Jerusalem takes credit for latest Eilat rocket attack

In recent days, the Egyptian military has claimed to have killed some 20 Islamist militants in operations in North Sinai. The army said security forces destroyed four smuggling tunnels and explosives in the Rafah area. Unidentified assailants fired three rockets toward a security post in Sheikh Zuweid. Separately, the headquarters of the military prosecutor in el Arish was targeted by gunmen. Leaflets threatening those collaborating with Egypt's army were reportedly being distributed in North Sinai.