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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).
Suspected Islamist militants killed 21 Egyptian soldiers in Wadi al-Gadid near the borders with Libya and Sudan; two militants were killed in the clash. Egyptian security sources are concerned that Libya-based militants are cooperating with Islamist militants in the Sinai. Security forces turned back an aid convoy of 11 buses and 500 activists that was headed for the Rafah crossing, on grounds that the Sinai was too unstable; the crossing was opened to allow wounded Palestinians to enter Egypt for treatment, however. Abdallah Morsi, a son of former president Morsi, was arrested as he was attempting to escape a prison term for drug abuse; he was headed for Sudan or Libya.
Islamist militants launched a mortar attack on a military post in El Arish, killing seven civilians and a soldier and injuring a child. Three bombs exploded near a Cairo electricity pylon, briefly cutting off power in a western suburb. Egyptian officials are concerned about the presence of Islamist militant camps in Libya near the Egyptian border; an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 fighters, most of them Egyptians, are said to be training in the camps.
Two people were killed and three were wounded in clashes between residents and Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo's Matariya district. Hundreds of pro-Brotherhood supporters of former president Morsi also clashed with police in Alexandria and Giza. Authorities briefly opened the Rafah border crossing yesterday to allow in Palestinians injured by Israeli airstrikes to enter Egypt for treatment, but closed the crossing today. The army is sending 500 tons of food and medical equipment to Gaza.
The trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 130 others, including Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Badie and Khairat al-Shater, as well as members of Hamas and Hezbollah, most of whom are at large, was postponed to July 13. Four suspected Islamists were killed while making bombs on July 4 at a Fayoum farm owned by senior Brotherhood member Ahmad Arafa Abdel-Qadir. A youth was killed in clashes between Islamists and police in Matariya last week. President Sisi said the division of Iraq into independent states would be "catastrophic"; he also said he had warned the US and Europe that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham had plans to take over Egypt as well as Iraq, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
A court sentenced 10 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death (eight in absentia) for murder and other crimes; and issued life sentences to 37 others, including supreme guide Mohamed Badie. Sheikh Yusef al Qaradawi, a Qatar-based spiritual leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, said the Islamic State's recent declaration of a caliphate violates sharia law.