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A court in Alexandria sentenced 14 alleged female Muslim Brotherhood members to prison for 11 years. During raids in North Sinai, the army seized a variety of weapons. The government reached an agreement with the EU for a €90 million aid package. The army released footage of some of the homes targeted in operations in North Sinai.
Three wanted Islamist militants were killed in North Sinai, including a man known as the "Sheikh of the Takfiris." Authorities reportedly exposed a Mossad espionage ring. Prime Minister Beblawi says he considers the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group. Authorities said they were investigating the disappearance of an Egyptian-born German author and critic of Islam. Security forces clashed with opponents of the country's new protest law.
At least two police officers were wounded when a bomb exploded near a checkpoint in Cairo. Authorities dispersed a rally in Assiut province that defied a new protest law. Defense Minister el Sisi said operations continue in the Sinai against terrorist elements. Prime Minister el Beblawi said a referendum on the country's constitution would likely take place in January.
Security forces closed off main squares in Cairo and Giza to prevent the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out large-scale protests. The army denied that gunmen had attacked the headquarters of the Arish Military Prosecution. A bill that places some restrictions on the ability of citizens to assemble and protest was signed into law by President Mansour. Islamists and Coptic Christians traded threats over the country's draft constitution.
A gag order was imposed on a number of high profile cases including one involving former president Mohammed Morsi. A military source denied reports that a grad rocket was fired from the Sinai toward Israel. Influential cleric Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi described the current government in Egypt as "thugs who kill people and steal their money."A US citizen is among a group of people detained for partaking in protests following the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. The Turkish Ambassador to Egypt was expelled.
A factory linked to the army was attacked near Rafah. Two people were detained in connection with the recent killing of a police officer, while army operations continued in North Sinai. At least three were killed during clashes throughout the country. A top Muslim Brotherhood figure was arrested in North Sinai. Security forces increased measures on roads linking the Sinai and Suez area. Army chief el Sisi did not rule out the possibility of running for president. A security official in North Sinai denied rumors of the arrest of Shadi el Menai, a leader in Ansar Jerusalem. The Interior Ministry is investigating whether the agency has been infiltrated by Islamists.
A policeman was shot and killed while trying to arrest suspects in the recent assassination of a senior national security official in Cairo. In Ismailia, a police officer was also shot and killed. Security forces claimed to have arrested nearly 30 suspected terrorists during operations in North Sinai. Militants fired a mortar at an olive oil plant in Rafah linked to the army. The army released a simulation of yesterday's deadly car bombing in North Sinai.
Ansar Jerusalem claimed responsibility for the recent shooting attack on a national security officer in Cairo. The Salafi jihadist group also released a video about its October attack on the South Sinai Security Directorate. A car bombing in North Sinai killed at least 11 Egyptian security personnel, and four security personnel were wounded in an attack in Cairo. President Mansour announced a three-day mourning period for those killed.
During operations in the Sinai, authorities seized weaponry and arrested wanted criminals. Security sources claimed to have arrested two people tied to the Oct. 19 bombing of a military intelligence building in Ismailia. At least 12 people were injured during protests on the anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes. Security forces in North Sinai were placed on high alert for fear of attacks.