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A senior police officer was shot dead in the Sinai by unidentified gunmen. Egyptians prepared for major protests expected on June 30. Authorities seized a number of weapons from a car near a security building in Rafah. Hamas claimed that a Palestinian who was shot dead in the Sinai by unidentified gunmen was a collaborator with Israel. An opposition group said that 22 million people have signed a petition calling for President Morsi's removal.
Authorities are continuing operations to shut down smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. As major protests are planned for and against President Morsi in the coming days, the al Azhar institute warned that "vigilance is required to ensure we do not slide into civil war." An American was stabbed to death while taking photos of clashes in Alexandria. A MSC in Jerusalem leader said the group does not intend to declare an Islamic emirate in the Sinai at the current time. The leader said if the group makes such a decision it would be to declare an Islamic emirate over all of Egypt.
A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman said that if the army and police fail to "properly" respond to attacks against the Brotherhood in upcoming protests, the Brotherhood will "utilize [the] right of self-defense." Human Rights Watch charged the Muslim Brotherhood with promoting sectarian hatred.
Two police officers were abducted by Bedouin in the southern Sinai. During a public address, President Morsi said his government has made mistakes since taking office. A prosecutor charged nine people, including six Israelis, with spying in Egypt for Israel. At least one person was killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi in Mansoura.
The US embassy will be closed on June 30 "in anticipation of demonstrations that may turn violent." At least five people were arrested in connection with the recent lynching of four Shiites in Giza. Some have suggested that the lynching was the result of a "rise in hate speech" in Egypt. A rocket reportedly exploded in the central Sinai; the source of the rocket is unclear.
In the past two weeks, authorities have increased efforts to shut down smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. A coalition of Islamist groups is planning a protest for Friday, two days before anti-Morsi protests are expected across Egypt.
A court ruled that Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood conspired in the prison break that saw the escape of President Morsi during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood denounced the court's ruling. The governor of Luxor resigned after numerous public protests against his recent appointment. Four Shiites were lynched by a mob of Salafists in Giza province.
Tens of thousands of Islamists demonstrated in pro-Morsi protests in Cairo. Some of the protesters were seen waving al Qaeda's black flag. A leader in the Salafi Nour Party said it is permissible to kill Sunnis who support Bashar al Assad. Authorities reportedly thwarted the infiltration of a number of militants into the Sinai.
The sale of black market weapons in the Sinai has increased ahead of protests scheduled for June 30. Protests against President Morsi continued over the recent appointment of eight Islamists as governors. US Ambassador Anne Patterson was criticized by opposition groups for not being more supportive of their desire to protest the Morsi government.
Auditors revealed that EU aid to Egypt has failed to stem human rights abuses and rampant corruption. The Interior Ministry announced plans to close down routes from the Sinai to the mainland in preparation for protests on June 30. Authorities are seeking to stop the flow of jihadists from the Sinai. The tourism minister resigned over the appointment of the new governor of Luxor.