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Unidentified gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in Rafah. A security source alleged that 37 militants have been killed within the past two weeks. Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh held discussions with Egyptian intelligence officials. A former ambassador to the US was named Egypt's new foreign minister. Prosecutors reportedly began questioning former president Morsi about his 2011 prison escape, which is believed to have been orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, among others. Egypt's public prosecutor ordered the freezing of assets of 14 Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist leaders. Army sources played down the likelihood of a major offensive in the Sinai in the coming days. US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is expected to hold talks with Egypt's interim government this week.
The army reportedly killed five militants in an operation in the Sinai. The army used helicopters to target jihadists planning attacks in the Sinai. A Palestinian was arrested in connection with the recent bombing of a gas pipeline in the Sinai. Supporters of Mohammed Morsi said they plan to carry out more protests to condemn his removal as president. The public prosecutor's office announced it was reviewing a number of criminal complaints against former president Morsi. The Pentagon denied rumors that US ships near Egypt were preparing to partake in an invasion of the country.
Supporters of former President Morsi held rallies in Cairo calling for his reinstatement. A policeman was killed in another attack by unidentified gunmen in the Sinai. The army claimed it thwarted a "wide-scale plot" to cause chaos and confusion. Military sources said operations against jihadists in the Sinai are expanding. The army dropped leaflets in Arish warning people to "not allow anyone who does not belong to this good earth to exchange violence with us or kill us." Muslim Brotherhood officials may be linked to the August 2012 Rafah outpost attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers.
Military officials denied reports suggesting they had killed 32 Hamas members in the Sinai. A Coptic merchant was found beheaded in the Sinai. Egypt is reportedly looking to suspend its peace accord with Israel in order to wage a massive campaign against jihadists in the Sinai. A leader in the Egyptian Gama'a al-Islamiyya said his group was ready to "fight" for Mohammed Morsi's reinstatement as president of Egypt. Hamas' Mousa Abu Marzouk, who had been based in Cairo, has reportedly fled the country following Morsi's ouster.
Islamist militants killed two people and wounded six in an overnight attack in the Sinai. Two additional security posts were also attacked by gunmen. Egypt's prosecutor's office ordered the arrest of numerous Muslim Brotherhood officials. In the coming weeks, the US will provide Egypt with four F-16 fighter jets. Since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, Christians have been facing backlash for opposing Morsi. Gunmen opened fire on the car of a senior military commander in the Sinai.
The Muslim Brotherhood rejected the constitutional declaration issued by interim President Mansour overnight. Unidentified gunmen attacked a security checkpoint near the Rafah border crossing, which will reopen on Wednesday. Gunmen also opened fire on a church in Port Said. An Israeli defense source warned that Sinai terrorists are planning attacks against Israelis in the Sinai, among other targets. Saudi Arabia plans to provide Egypt with a $5 billion aid package. Hazem El-Beblawi was appointed as the new Egyptian prime minister.
At least 51 people were killed as the army opened fire on pro-Morsi supporters in Cairo. Hamas condemned the incident, and the presidency planned to form a judicial committee to investigate it. The Muslim Brotherhood issued a statement urging the "Egyptian people to rise up against those who want to steal their revolution." Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo were shut down after weapons and other items were discovered inside. A soldier was killed by a sniper thought to belong to a jihadist group in the Sinai; another was stabbed by a jihadist. Authorities claimed to have arrested 14 jihadists in the Sinai. Terrorists affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood from Gaza, likely Hamas members, are reportedly entering the Sinai to fight the army. European oil companies have begun to remove staff due to ongoing unrest in the country.