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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.
The military claimed it killed 17 jihadists in clashes in the Sinai and arrested three more in Rafah. A bomb exploded at the Sidi Gaber train station in Alexandria, wounding at least five people. On the one-year anniversary of the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood supporters staged protests in Cairo, Alexandria, Asiut, Suez, Aswan, and Giza, as well as in Fayoum and several other provinces. Bombings were reported in Cairo, Asiut, Giza, and Alexandria. Security forces made 157 violence-related arrests, in Cairo, Alexandria, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Damietta, Fayoum, Minya, and Asiut. Three Morsi supporters were fined and sentenced to prison for setting fire to the Heliopolis tramway last year. Fugitive Muslim Brotherhood supporter Ahmed al Mogheer urged that Egyptian military forces be attacked "without pity."
Security forces arrested four members of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) in the Cairo suburb of Helwan and in Nasr City over links to explosions on June 30 that killed two bomb disposal experts; the bombings have been claimed by another group, Ajnad Mir. A car bomb exploded near the Air Force hospital in Cairo's Abesseya district; one suspect was arrested, but others escaped. Authorities arrested several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood's NASL organization after they called for a nationwide "uprising of anger" protest to be held on July 3. The trial of the Nasr City terrorist cell was postponed to July 12.
In separate incidents, two police officers were killed while trying to defuse two bombs in Cairo near the presidential palace. The terrorist group Ajnad Mir claimed the explosions, saying it had warned civilians on June 27 not to go near the palace. Ajnad Mir also said the explosions were caused by "newly developed" devices that are not easily detected. The Islamist group NASL called for a nationwide "uprising of anger" on July 3, urging supporters to march from all mosques to city squares, and threatened protests outside the homes of judges, the interior minister, and the head of the armed forces.
Tribal sources in Sinai said that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is supporting the operations of the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem), local jihadists have been trained in Syria, and the ISIS flag has been seen in militant operations near Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. Security forces killed at least 19 militants in a raid in Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai on June 23, and eight more on June 21. Three policemen in Qalyubia are suspected of working with Ansar Jerusalem. Six Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to five years in prison for participating in protests and clashes in March. An Egyptian reporter and Christian convert was sentenced to five years in prison for "inciting sectarianism." A mass trial of nearly 500 Islamists accused of participating in deadly clashes last August in Cairo will be held in July. Australia protested the sentencing of Peter Greste, an Australian reporter who worked for Al Jazeera.