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In a final ruling, a court dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party. The Muslim Brotherhood itself was banned in September. The military claimed to have killed 60 "extremists" and arrested 102 suspects in security operations in North Sinai, and to have found 17 tunnels in Rafah supplied with arms and ammunition. Three Palestinian infiltrators were also arrested. Egyptian officials have announced a project to dig a new 45-mile canal parallel to the Suez Canal, to be completed within a year.
The military claimed to have killed three terrorists and arrested six more in the Sinai on Aug. 4; a military source said Sinai operations, including the destruction of smuggling tunnels, are continuing. Mediators in Egypt are working to extend the three-day Gaza truce, which expires tomorrow morning. Egyptian jihadist Islam Yakan has been promoting the Islamic State and encouraging youth to join the jihad in Syria and Iraq.
The Army said 11 militants were killed in shootouts with security forces during a north Sinai raid yesterday. On Aug. 2, security forces carried out raids on terrorist hideouts in Arish and Sheikh Zuwaid. Intelligence chief Mohamed Farid met with Palestinians about a proposed Gaza ceasefire. The trial of Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, and 67 others accused of terrorist crimes was postponed to Aug. 9 due to a malfunctioning microphone.
The Army claimed to have killed 14 militants in shootouts in the Sinai, and to have destroyed 13 more tunnels into Gaza, bringing the total to 1,639 reportedly destroyed by Egypt's military. A rocket fired by suspected Islamist militants in al-Gorah landed in Rafah, killing four children and wounding five other people yesterday. Security forces arrested 47 people after clashes in Sheikh Zuwaid yesterday. Spain, Ireland, and Germany recently lifted restrictions on traveling to Sharm al Sheikh. Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) has been distributing flyers in the Sinai promoting its jihad for the establishment of an Islamic state.
Gunmen killed two police brigadier generals in Sheikh Zuwayed in North Sinai yesterday. The military claimed to have killed a senior Ansar Jerusalem leader as well as two other jihadists. Ansar Jerusalem claimed that three of its members were killed when an Israeli drone struck their car in the Sinai. An Egyptian was arrested while trying to cross over into Israel with explosives he planned to use for an attack. A senior military official said "unprecedented" quantities of arms, ammunition, and drugs are being smuggled into Egypt from Libya. Egyptian authorities said that a claim of responsibility purportedly from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham for last week's murder of 22 border guards was traced to a Twitter account belonging to Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis).