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Three security personnel were killed in three separate attacks in the Sinai. Authorities arrested a militant involved in an attack on a checkpoint in the Sinai. Authorities discovered a variety of weaponry being smuggled along the country's western border. Saudi Arabia provided Egypt with $2 billion in aid.
Interior Minister Ibrahim said 11 security personnel have been killed in attacks in the Sinai since July 3. The US State Department could not confirm recent reports regarding Ramzi Mowafi's presence and activities in the Sinai. President Mansour ordered work to resume on amending Egypt's constitution. Foreign Minister Fahmy said Egypt has no intention to wage 'jihad' in Syria. Defense Minister el Sisi said he has no plans to run for the presidency. A bomb exploded outside a police station in Ismailia and destroyed three security vehicles. Authorities raided the offices of an Iranian TV station. Jordan's King Abdullah II became the first head of state to visit Egypt since the removal of Mohammed Morsi as president. Authorities banned fishing off the coast of the northern Sinai in order to reduce the potential for jihadists to enter the area via the sea.
Authorities placed the Sinai on lockdown in preparation for mass protests by Islamist groups and to restrict the movement of jihadists. Sinai residents were urged to avoid checkpoints and notify authorities of any suspicious activity. Attacks by militants in the Sinai reportedly led to the deaths of three civilians. The UK revoked five export licenses for Egypt due to ongoing unrest in the country. Supporters of former president Morsi took to the streets to demand his return.
A military source claimed that Egyptian forces had killed 10 jihadists in the Sinai in the past 48 hours. Another source said that a major operation against jihadists in the Sinai will begin on Friday. Former president Morsi and a number of his aides reportedly had their diplomatic passports taken away. An army spokesman said the army has the ability to deal with the security situation in the Sinai "in days." At least three policemen were killed in attacks in North Sinai. The public prosecutor is investigating former president Morsi's decision to pardon a number of Islamist prisoners during his rule. The UAE transferred $3 billion in aid to Egypt, and Saudi Arabia is expected to provide $2 billion soon.
Militants attacked a police station in the Sinai and killed at least one soldier. Egyptian security forces recently arrested a number of jihadists operating in the Sinai Peninsula who are linked to Ramzi Mowafi, a former physician for Osama bin Laden who now leads al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula. Former president Hosni Mubarak and his sons will face a corruption trial in August. Hamas denied any connection to the Grad rockets on their way to Cairo that were recently intercepted by authorities.
At least seven were killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of former president Morsi. Unidentified gunmen fired on a police station in Sheikh Zuwayed in the Sinai. A mayor in the Sinai warned that the area is becoming "another Afghanistan." The Muslim Brotherhood said it would reject any cabinet positions offered to it. The foreign ministry denounced remarks by Turkish president Erdogan that he viewed Morsi still as Egypt's president. The army seized 19 Grad rockets that were said to be headed for the Cairo area from Suez. An army camp in the Sinai was targeted by assailants with machine guns and rockets.
At least three people were killed after militants attacked a bus carrying workers employed at a cement factory; authorities said the attack intended to target the police. At least one was killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen on a security facility that was under construction. A senior Hamas official complained that Egypt's efforts to target militants in the Sinai are an anti-Hamas campaign. An NGO charged that the government has failed to properly protect the Coptic community, which has faced increasing attacks over recent weeks. An Islamist cleric who was previously given an 11-year suspended sentence for burning Bibles was sentenced in a separate case for offending Christianity. A Salafi leader said his group did not join pro-Morsi protests because Morsi had failed to apply sharia. The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights accused the Muslim Brotherhood of being behind recent events in the Sinai.