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Former president Mohammed Morsi and 35 others were charged with conspiring with foreign groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah, to conduct terror attacks in Egypt. The public prosecutor also accused the Muslim Brotherhood of carrying out attacks in North Sinai against security personnel since Morsi's ouster. Defense Minister el Sisi met with some Sinai-based leaders, while a military source said 97 percent of tunnels between Gaza and Rafah have been destroyed. Security forces raided an apartment linked to militants in Shorouq City, but no arrests were made. Security forces operating in North Sinai killed two Islamist militants after being attacked.
The army spokesman said forces killed a member of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis during operations in North Sinai. Defense Minister el Sisi said operations "to eradicate terrorism and cleanse the Sinai" will continue. An explosive device went off in a residential area of eastern Cairo. A policeman was shot and killed during clashes with Islamist militants near Ismailia. A court reduced the sentence of a Muslim cleric from 11 to 5 years for burning a Bible. Unidentified gunmen killed four members of the Sawarka tribe in a shooting attack in North Sinai.
Egyptian forces reportedly intensified their campaign to find Ansar Bayt al Maqdis and al Furqan Brigades members in the Ismailia area. Army operations in North Sinai also continued. Defense Minister el Sisi reiterated his call for tribes in Sinai and Upper Egypt to hand over their weaponry. Supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi said they will boycott the country's constitutional referendum. Security forces thwarted a plan to free 40 inmates from Borg al Arab prison.
The army said security forces killed another terrorist who was involved in recent attacks in North Sinai. Overnight an explosion was heard in the Rafah area. Two students were wounded after gunmen opened fire on an army vehicle near a school in Sheikh Zuweid. Authorities thwarted an attempt to detonate a bomb near a police station in Port Said. Security sources claimed that the recent Ismailia bombing was carried out by Ansar Jerusalem.
Ansar Jerusalem said it supported continued protests at Egyptian universities. Security forces killed an Islamist militant near Sheikh Zuweid after he threw a grenade, and seized a stockpile of explosive materials near Rafah. Officials said that many of those involved in the Ismailia bombing have been identified and will be arrested soon. A referendum on the country's new constitution will be held on Jan. 14 and 15. A Coptic Christian was sentenced to life in prison for his role in sectarian violence last April.
Interior Minister Ibrahim ordered an investigation into the recent attack outside a security forces camp in Ismailia. Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood were detained near Suez on charges of inciting violence. At least two people were killed during clashes between security forces and supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi.
A bomb attack near a security forces camp in Ismailia killed at least one person and wounded more than a dozen. A military source said operations in the Sinai since July have resulted in 164 deaths and 592 arrests. Sources also said Ansar Jerusalem sought to carry out more suicide attacks and was in touch with Gaza-based jihadists. Al Jazeera denied reports that its office in Cairo had been raided.
The army's spokesperson claimed security forces arrested a senior member of Ansar Jerusalem. Senior Muslim Brotherhood officials denounced the interim government during their latest court appearance. Authorities have reportedly destroyed Hamas arms caches in North Sinai in recent months. Eleven Qatari citizens were reportedly arrested at an al Jazeera office in Cairo.
Security forces thwarted an attack on a checkpoint near el Arish, and arrested two Muslim Brotherhood members suspected of inciting violence and financing terrorist operations. The Interior Ministry denied reports that Interior Minister Ibrahim had received a two-year prison sentence. Security forces clashed with Muslim Brotherhood supporters at al Azhar University.
Security sources alleged that members of Ansar Jerusalem have fled to Gaza and Mersa Matruh. The Army spokesman said security forces killed a leader of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis in North Sinai. Members of tribes in the country's western region continue to voluntarily hand in weapons. The Salafi al Nour party claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood had asked it last December to attack Brotherhood opponents.