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A blogger and activist known for criticizing President Morsi was detained by authorities. Authorities destroyed a large smuggling tunnel used to smuggle cars and other goods near Rafah. A weapons smuggling attempt through the Sallum terminal was also thwarted.
Authorities are questioning an 11-member jihadist cell that was apprehended last week. The cell, which is made up of Egyptian, Palestinian, and Lebanese citizens, was plotting to target an Egyptian military installation in Rafah. The Salafi Nour party said none of its members will take a post in the Egyptian cabinet, which is expected to be reshuffled next week.
Secretary of Defense Hagel arrived in Egypt, the latest stop on his Middle East tour. An Israeli citizen imprisoned by Egypt on espionage-related charges began a hunger strike. An adviser to President Morsi resigned over "the slowness of decision-making and monopolization by the Brotherhood." Authorities discovered a cache of explosives in el Arish.
Authorities discovered weapons and drugs in a raid in the Sinai. At least one person was detained in the raid. Egypt announced plans to restart its nuclear program with the help of Russia. Prime Minister Qandil said the Egyptian cabinet will be reshuffled next week.
Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky announced his resignation. Mohamed al Zawahiri, the brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, warned of a Coptic "triumph" in Egypt and expressed ideological sympathy for Salafi jihadist groups in the Sinai. Authorities claimed to have uncovered a network of spies working with Israel's Mossad in the Sinai.
Police arrested 39 people for involvement in clashes on April 19 that injured over 90 near the Supreme Court. The trial of 26 suspected Islamist militants was postponed. A leading Salafist said "martyrdom will pave the way" for "a long-prevailing nation." The Interior Ministry provided Sinai police with heavier weapons to help target "hostile targets." Authorities announced the destruction of a "giant" smuggling tunnel between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
A Salafi leader said armed groups in the Sinai were prepared to hand over their weapons if Egyptian authorities agreed to treat them fairly. Clashes between Islamists and opponents near Cairo's High Court left at least 95 injured. Egypt requested a $2 billion loan from Russia.