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Authorities arrested two people in connection with the kidnapping of seven security personnel in the Sinai. The Armed Forces said that "manhunt operations against criminal elements" in the Sinai will continue. Al Azhar plans to start a TV channel to counter extremist channels.
The Muslim Brotherhood said Hezbollah had lost its status earned fighting the "Zionist enemy," due to its role in the Syrian civil war. A delegation of imams was sent by Egyptian authorities to the Sinai to counter Islamic extremism in the area. A Muslim Brotherhood official alleged that former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan is responsible for some of the recent unrest in the Sinai.
Three women were killed by at least 10 men in an honor killing near Luxor. Authorities shut down five smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Security sources alleged that President Morsi was informed of plans to kidnap soldiers in the Sinai a week before seven security personnel were abducted.
Authorities arrested four suspected jihadists near Alexandria. The government decided to withdraw its annual funding for the country's Jewish community. President Morsi said he hopes to see the kidnappers of the seven security personnel, who were recently freed, arrested. Authorities seized a variety of weaponry including rockets destined for the Gaza Strip.
Authorities secured the release of seven security personnel who were kidnapped last week by Islamist gunmen in the Sinai. Following their release, authorities reopened the Rafah crossing with Gaza. Hamas congratulated Egypt on securing the release of the security personnel. Jihadists attacked an Egyptian army outpost in the Sinai for approximately 15 minutes.
Authorities increased the number of roadblocks in the Sinai as an operation to free seven kidnapped security personnel could be launched at any moment. Family members of those kidnapped joined a police protest in Rafah. The alleged death of one Islamist militant in the Sinai via airstrike was denied by security officials. Authorities announced the discovery of 23 smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza thus far in May.
President Morsi said authorities have no plans to negotiate with the Islamists who kidnapped seven security personnel in the Sinai last week. In response to the kidnapping, the army sent reinforcements into the Sinai. Conscripts in the Central Security Forces went on strike to protest the kidnapping of the security personnel. A police camp in the Sinai was attacked by unidentified gunmen for approximately 25 minutes. A truck carrying explosives destined for the Sinai was seized by authorities.
A video purporting to show seven kidnapped Egyptian security personnel was released to the Internet. The seven men were abducted by Islamists in the Sinai earlier this week. Authorities in Egypt are planning an operation to secure their release. Two journalists known for their criticism of President Morsi will soon face trial.
President Morsi called for a military operation in the Sinai to secure the release of seven hostages recently abducted by Islamist gunmen. A large combat force is expected to enter the Sinai in the next 48 hours. A leading Salafist condemned the Muslim Brotherhood for not implementing sharia law and for working with Shia Muslims.
Authorities closed the Rafah crossing with Gaza in response to the kidnapping of seven security personnel by Islamist gunmen on May 16. A senior Hamas official called on Egypt to open the crossing. Due to the situation in the Sinai, the international peacekeeping force in the area has been put on a state of alert.