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The army carried out extensive bombing campaigns in North Sinai reportedly targeting Ansar Jerusalem fighters. A military source admitted that Egyptian authorities do not know the identity of most Ansar Jerusalem members. A court hearing for those suspected of killing more than 20 Egyptian policemen in August 2013 took place.
An IED attack in North Sinai wounded at least four security personnel. Security personnel were also targeted by unidentified gunmen in a shooting attack in Rafah. The trial for the Nasr City Cell was postponed until Feb. 25. Authorities charged two Israelis and two Egyptians with espionage. A Cairo court postponed making a decision on whether Hamas is a terrorist organization. An army source claimed that Sinai jihadists are currently "breathing their last breath."
Ansar Jerusalem claimed responsibility for the bombing of a tourist bus in Taba yesterday. The army spokesman said security forces have destroyed 1,275 smuggling tunnels in the Rafah area in recent months. He also said security forces had killed three Islamist militants in North Sinai.
At least three people were killed when an explosion struck a tourist bus in the town of Taba in the Sinai. The cause of the attack, which has thus far gone unclaimed, has yet to be determined. Following the attack, cars traveling from South Sinai to North Sinai were searched by security forces.
Security forces in North Sinai defused two explosive devices and destroyed 10 smuggling tunnels. The army announced the arrest of 19 Muslim Brotherhood members in Ismailia. Security sources said Islamist militants in North Sinai are funded through human trafficking. Gunmen in a car shot at security forces at an intelligence building in Ismailia.
The army spokesman said one of those responsible for the downing of a military helicopter in late January was arrested. At least two people were killed in clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters. An improvised explosive device exploded along a road in North Sinai; no injuries were reported. Security sources denied reports of a thwarted pipeline bombing in the Sinai.
Security forces reportedly thwarted an assassination attempt on a top security official in Giza. The army spokesman said 112 Islamist militants have been killed or wounded in operations in North Sinai in the past week. Two policemen were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen south of Cairo. Ansar Jerusalem claimed a December car bombing in Sharkiya in a new video.
A pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula was again targeted by unidentified assailants. The army spokesman said 13 people were arrested in the latest operations in North Sinai. Unidentified gunmen shot and killed three security personnel in Ismailia. An Interior Ministry official warned that Sinai jihadists were escaping the security crackdown in North Sinai and reach cities in the Suez area. A police officer was reportedly killed during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Ain Shams.