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Mohammed Zawahiri said that although he is not currently in the Sinai, it would not be a crime if he were. Egyptian officials said that a warning from them regarding plots by jihadists in the Sinai was shared with Israeli officials who subsequently closed Eilat's airport for a couple hours on Aug. 8. Supporters of former president Morsi called for new protests demanding his reinstatement. Security officials alleged that an Israeli drone "in cooperation" with Egyptian authorities launched a strike in the Sinai that killed a number of jihadists.
At least two soldiers were wounded in another militant attack in the Sinai overnight. Supporters of former president Morsi took to the streets despite calls by authorities to end ongoing sit-ins. Authorities reportedly foiled a plot to target sites in Eilat, the Sinai, as well as near the Suez Canal with Iranian-made missiles.
The presidency announced that foreign efforts to mediate the country's political crisis had failed. Militants in the Sinai reportedly killed a pro-army politician. The Egyptian army claimed that it has killed 60 terrorists and arrested over 100 in the Sinai over the past month.
Authorities arrested two Egyptians at Cairo's airport who were traveling from Turkey with al Qaeda material and arms. In an attack in el Arish, jihadists killed one security person and wounded two others. The army and government are preparing to reach a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood that would see some MB members released from jail, assets unfrozen, and three ministerial positions given to the Islamist group.
Supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi continued protests calling for his reinstatement. Authorities reportedly asked that Hamas question the leader of the Army of Islam in relation to the August 2012 killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers at a military outpost near Rafah. At least two Islamic shrines were bombed in the Sinai. In a separate attack, one soldier was killed by unidentified gunmen in the Sinai. A decree issued by President Mansour will prevent those who insult the presidency from facing time in jail.
Army chief el Sisi met with Islamist leaders in an attempt to resolve differences intensified since Mohammed Morsi's ouster as president in July. El Sisi also met with US Deputy Secretary of State Burns to discuss the situation in Egypt. Yemeni Nobel laureate Tawakul Karman was deported after arriving in Cairo amid plans to attend pro-Morsi demonstrations. A number of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders will go to trial on Aug. 25 for alleged involvement in the killing of a number of protesters. An attack in the Sinai by unidentified gunmen left one policeman wounded.
Army chief el Sisi called on the US to do more to have the Muslim Brotherhood end their protests. An army source said 60 militants have been killed in recent operations in the Sinai, including 30 Palestinians. Another source claimed that a "majority" of the militants in the Sinai have been arrested by authorities. An attack by militants in el Arish left at least one policeman wounded. Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri issued a statement condemning the Muslim Brotherhood and saying that their ouster showed that democracy is corrupt.
Supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi called on Egyptians to take to the streets of Cairo and protest outside the headquarters of the army and police. Security personnel fired tear gas at Morsi supporters who reportedly blocked traffic in Cairo. Egyptian police plan to block access rather than disperse a Muslim Brotherhood sit-in in Cairo. Leaflets allegedly tied to an Islamist movement threatened attacks against public facilities and churches if security forces broke up pro-Morsi protests.
Security sources said that jihadists in the Sinai have ties to Gaza, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, among other countries. Militants killed at least one Central Security conscript in an attack on a hotel in the Sinai. A senior minister said deliberations were still occurring over whether the government would move to disband the Muslim Brotherhood.
The cabinet told the police to clear two protest areas occupied by supporters of former president Morsi; the Muslim Brotherhood responded that protests and sit-ins will continue. Militants failed in an attempt to target security personnel by detonating a landmine in the Sinai. At least 30 people have been killed in the Sinai since June 30.