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Egypt has been coordinating operations with Israel during its campaign in Sinai against Islamic militants. In the operation so far, Egyptian forces have killed 32 "criminal elements" and arrested 38 more, and shut down 31 tunnels connecting the Sinai and Gaza. The Egyptian army said there are 225 main tunnels into Gaza.
In his first foreign policy speech, President Morsi called on Syrian president Assad to step down and warned Iran against interfering in Arab affairs. In the Sinai, the Egyptian army began replacing heavy tanks with lighter armored vehicles, signalling that the operation against Islamic militants had entered a new phase.
For the first time on Egyptian state television, a woman wearing a head scarf presented the headline news, breaking a longstanding rule requiring secular dress. Debate arose over whether this was part of an effort by Egypt's new president to encourage a more Islamic Egyptian society.
In a continued shakeup of its military, Egypt's new defense minister retired 70 army generals as well as members of the former ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The move followed last month's firing of the defense minister and army chief of staff.
Egypt broadened its offensive against militants in the Sinai Peninsula. Security forces captured a militant responsible for attacks last year on a police station and a bank in the Sinai Peninsula. President Morsi said Syria's Assad regime must go.
On his first trip to Iran, President Morsi called for Syrian President Assad to step down, and hinted that Egypt might take a more active role in the conflict. Morsi also warned Iranian President Ahmadinejad that Iran's continued support for the Assad regime raises the risk of of Western intervention.
The military said it would continue its offensive against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula; Salafist groups said that the offensive had been called off. President Morsi promised to respect Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.