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A spokesman said Egyptian Armed Forces "will continue to carry out their assignments in Sinai until all tunnels in Rafah are destroyed and all terrorist hotbeds eliminated." Hamas reiterated its displeasure with Egypt's decision to target the smuggling tunnels. The Muslim Brotherhood is believed to be running an "intelligence-gathering network" outside of those tied to the government.
Jama'a al-Islamiya and 13 other Islamist parties announced the formation of "armed squads" that they say will help the police "fight vandals, thugs and groups like the Black Bloc." A court ruled that policemen will be allowed to grow beards ending a de facto ban imposed during the reign of Hosni Mubarak.
A 17-member US military delegation arrived in Cairo for discussions with Egyptian officials. The visit comes amidst Egyptian moves to destroy tunnels under its border with the Gaza Strip. Egypt continues to mediate indirect negotiations between Hamas and Israel.
The government is preparing to ban the sale of alcohol "in new residential settlements on the outskirts of Cairo, Alexandria and other big cities." An aide to President Morsi said the Egyptian pound will not collapse. Egyptian authorities announced the discovery of 225 tunnels under its border with Gaza as an Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo for more security discussions.
Egyptian authorities seized a weapons cache in El Arish. "The seized weapons include 21 anti-aircraft shells, six anti-tank mines and an anti-aircraft gun," an official said. In another incident, one ton of explosives was found in a car headed from Cairo toward the Sinai. These seizures come two days after two tons of weaponry was intercepted on its way to the Sinai.
The Al-Taloul water station in the northern Sinai was shut down by a group of armed men who said that the plant was built on their land. Hamas condemned the recent flooding by Egyptian authorities of smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
Egyptian authorities announced the seizure of two tons of explosives headed to the Sinai from Cairo. The announcement comes a day after an Israeli delegation arrived in Egypt for discussions on security issues.
A four-person Israeli security delegation arrived in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials. The talks will reportedly focus on the stalled peace process, the security situation in the Sinai, and Israel's recent strike on a weapons convoy in Syria.
A bipartisan group of US senators called for the restructuring of US aid to Egypt to focus more heavily on counterterrorism efforts, particularly in the Sinai. Senator Lindsey Graham said that "the Sinai ... has become a terrorist safe haven."
Angry protests broke out on the second anniversary of former President Mubarak's ouster. Clerics from Egypt's leading religious institution chose the country's Grand Mufti, a position previously appointed by the president.