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Authorities claimed to have recently arrested members of Ansar Jerusalem and learned new information about the Salafi jihadist group. Prosecutors charged 35 defendants in the August execution of over 20 policemen in the Sinai. Two policemen were killed and another injured in a shooting attack by unidentified gunmen near Ismailia. Authorities raided a weapons cache in the el Arish area.
A radio station in North Sinai was attacked by unidentified gunmen. Authorities uncovered a major fuel-smuggling network near the Gaza border. Foreign Minister Fahmy said the country was prepared to look at countries other than the US for weaponry. Authorities increased security measures near the Suez Canal, while a security source claimed that Sinai-based "takfirist and jihadist groups are on their last legs."
Paramedics operating in North Sinai were targeted by unidentified gunmen. Authorities detained at least 22 female supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters were reported in Alexandria. Authorities closed off key Cairo squares to limit protests.
Muslim Brotherhood supporters called for daily protests in the lead-up to the trial of former president Morsi. His detention was extended for 15 days due to a pending investigation related to espionage charges. Authorities arrested 36 "terrorist elements" during security sweeps in the Sinai.
Authorities arrested senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam el Erian as part of the continuing crackdown on the organization. Unidentified gunmen fired on a checkpoint in Mansoura, the second such incident in recent days. Security forces clashed with students at al Azhar University. Authorities reportedly arrested Nasser Mohammed Ibrahim, a Muslim Brotherhood member suspected of coordinating with Hamas and Salafi jihadists in the Sinai.
Authorities reportedly arrested a top fugitive wanted in connection with terror attacks in Sinai and Cairo. A man dressed as a veiled woman was arrested in the Rafah area. Egypt's army spokesman said armed forces are continuing their operations to "cleanse the Sinai of terrorism." The leftist Popular Current accused the army of arresting people in its operations in the Sinai. In Qalubiya, authorities arrested Nabil al Maghraby, previously imprisoned for his role in the murder of Anwar Sadat, for plotting attacks since his release from prison. A son of a major tribal leader in the Sinai was reportedly killed by Islamist militants for cooperating with the army.
Three policemen were killed in a shooting by unidentified gunmen in Mansoura. Security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed at Al Azhar University. Authorities reportedly arrested 25 Islamist militants wanted in connection with attacks on Interior Minister Ibrahim and al Warraq church.
Authorities detained dozens of suspects wanted in connection with recent attacks against security personnel and assets in the Sinai. Authorities are investigating whether any government officers are being wiretapped. The UAE plans to provide Egypt with $3.9 billion in aid.
Ansar Jerusalem released a video detailing its Sept. 5 assassination attempt on Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim. Three people wanted in connected with recent attacks in el Arish were arrested. A complaint against former interim vice president Mohamed el Baradei for "betrayal of trust" was dismissed. Schools in the North Sinai resumed operations after being closed due to ongoing violence in the area.
Authorities discovered a field hospital in the Sinai thought to be used by Islamist militants. Authorities raised the alert level on the Libya border to prevent the infiltration of militants. A policeman was shot and killed by gunmen in el Arish, and two border guards were injured by an explosive device. An official in Gamaa al-Islamiya said the group will not return to violence and does not necessarily support the return of Mohammed Morsi. Supporters of former president Morsi called for mass protests on Nov. 4, the day Morsi goes to trial.