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The Egyptian army announced the arrest of dozens of "takfirists" and "criminal elements" in the Sinai. One of those arrested in the Sinai, Adel Mohammed (Adel Habara), is said to be a top militant wanted in connection with the recent killing of over 20 policemen. A police officer on patrol in the Sinai was reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen. Jihadists were suspected in an attack involving RPGs on a bank in el Arish. The Egyptian army reportedly destroyed 10 smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. A terror plot intended to strike a ship in the Suez Canal failed.
Security forces arrested eight Muslim Brotherhood members wanted in connection with recent attacks in the Sinai. Supporters of former president Morsi held protests in Cairo; turnout was said to be low. Despite the low turnout, at least six people were reportedly killed in clashes.
Security forces killed two militants and arrested 16 others in el Arish. Foreign Minister Fahmy said the country opposes foreign intervention in Syria and has no plans to participate in impending strikes against the country. Government ministers defended the decision to prevent Qatar-backed al Jazeera from operating in Egypt. Authorities announced the arrest of senior Muslim Brotherhood official Mohamed el Beltagy.
The interim prime minister said the government is backing away from plans to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood. Sources alleged that perpetrators, including Hamas members, of the recent execution of over 20 policemen in the Sinai have been arrested. Hamas denied that any of its members were arrested. A suicide bomber attacked a police station in the Sinai, but no injuries aside from the bomber were reported. Authorities said they had arrested over 60 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in the past 24 hours.
A wanted member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed el Beltagy, accused the Egyptian army of killing over 20 policemen in the Sinai to take the focus away from their actions. Prime Minister el Beblawi said the Muslim Brotherhood must come to terms with the current reality in the country. Militants continued to carry out attacks against security installations in the Rafah area. The Interior Ministry announced that 106 policemen have been killed since Aug. 14.
The trial of 64 leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Gama'a al-Islamiya wanted in connection with inciting violence and attacks on churches began in Suez. At least two bombs were set off in the Sinai by Islamist militants. Authorities continued to arrest members of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. Leaders from Egypt's Gamaa Islamiya and Islamic Jihad offered to mediate talks between the government and Muslim Brotherhood.
The trial against a number of senior Muslim Brotherhood officials began. Authorities arrested an Islamist militant close to Mohammed al Zawahiri on suspicion of providing weapons to supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi. Hamas denied reports that it was operating training camps with the MB in Gaza. The army announced the arrest of five militants in the Sinai.
Clashes between Islamist militants and Egyptian security personnel continued in the Sinai. The leader of al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya said the group does not intend to return to its violent past. Authorities relaxed the curfew recently instituted as part of the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
Protests organized by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were said to have had a low turnout. Prior to the protests, security forces had reportedly tightened security measures. Authorities destroyed a couple of homes tied to smugglers nears the border with Gaza. Sinai-based jihadists threatened to carry out attacks against security personnel, while the army claimed to have killed at least 78 militants in the Sinai in recent weeks.