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Jihadists killed six Egyptian security personnel in an IED attack in Al Arish in the Sinai Peninsula. The attack took place in the same area where two policemen were killed in an ambush with RPGs three days ago.
The military claimed it killed Shehata Farhan, a senior leader in Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, or Ansar Jerusalem, during a raid in Rafah. The military also claimed it killed Mohamed Abu Shatiya, an Ansar Jerusalem military commander, also in Rafah last week.
Security forces arrested four men in Port Said suspected of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State. The Sinai-based terrorist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) released a video showing three Egyptians being beheaded and a fourth being shot dead; the group had accused the men of serving as spies for Israel and Egypt.
Security sources claimed that the military has killed Mohamed Abu Shatiya, a field commander for Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis), during clashes south of Rafah. Two tonnes of explosives were seized by security forces from a nearby tunnel into Gaza. The terror group has released a video threatening to conduct attacks during Eid al-Adha, and mentioned the interior minister and his aides in particular.
A bomb detonated near the Foreign Ministry in Cairo, killing at least four people. Three bombs also exploded simultaneously in Tanta with a fourth bomb in Mahalla. Another bomb detonated on the Cairo-Zagazig railway. Sixteen detainees escaped Mahalla police station on Sept. 19 after setting a fire with clothes and blankets.
Six policemen were killed and two more were wounded when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on the way from Rafah to el Arish. A court sentenced 17 Muslim Brotherhood members to prison terms of up to five years for rioting, but acquitted five students, including the nephew of former president Mohamed Morsi.
The Army said it killed seven members of Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) during a shootout in the Sinai. A policeman was killed and several conscripts were injured in a clash with gunmen near a checkpoint on the Cairo-Suez road on Sept. 12. Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 14 others were sentenced to life in jail for murder and inciting violence. Egypt is among some 30 nations joining a coalition against the Islamic State, but will not send ground troops to the fight.
The decapitated body of a man was found in Sheikh Zuweid with a note purportedly from Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) accusing the victim of spying for Israel. A gunman opened fire on a policeman's vehicle in Mansoura, killing his son. Mohammad al Beltagy, secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, was sentenced along with Islamist cleric Safwat Higazy to 20 years in prison for leading a terrorist organization and for kidnapping and torturing two Egyptian policemen. Security forces in Beheira arrested 18 Muslim Brotherhood members for conducting an unauthorized demonstration; they had reportedly sprayed offensive graffiti on shops and beaten shop owners.
A roadside bombing killed 11 Egyptian soldiers and wounded two more in North Sinai. On Aug. 31, the army killed six militants during a raid in Wefaq, and an Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) leader was killed in el Arish; three security force members were wounded in an el Arish raid. Muslim Brotherhood members torched a police car in 6 October city on Aug. 30.
Egypt said it would carry out military strikes in Libya if so requested by the Libyan parliament. The Sinai-based terrorist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) released a video showing the beheading of four Egyptian men it accused of spying for Israel. Egyptian intelligence said the group has contacts with Libyan jihadists who are influenced by the Islamic State. On Aug. 25, the military said it had arrested five wanted terrorists, including Sweilam Mohamed Salem Salama; killed 14 militants in a clash in the Sinai; destroyed a terrorist field hospital and a bomb-making facility; and smashed five tunnels in Rafah. A Muslim Brotherhood member who was trying to set fire to an electricity unit in Port Said was arrested. The first World Food Program convoy to pass through Rafah into Gaza since 2007 crossed over yesterday.
In a final ruling, a court dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party. The Muslim Brotherhood itself was banned in September. The military claimed to have killed 60 "extremists" and arrested 102 suspects in security operations in North Sinai, and to have found 17 tunnels in Rafah supplied with arms and ammunition. Three Palestinian infiltrators were also arrested. Egyptian officials have announced a project to dig a new 45-mile canal parallel to the Suez Canal, to be completed within a year.
The military claimed to have killed three terrorists and arrested six more in the Sinai on Aug. 4; a military source said Sinai operations, including the destruction of smuggling tunnels, are continuing. Mediators in Egypt are working to extend the three-day Gaza truce, which expires tomorrow morning. Egyptian jihadist Islam Yakan has been promoting the Islamic State and encouraging youth to join the jihad in Syria and Iraq.
The Army said 11 militants were killed in shootouts with security forces during a north Sinai raid yesterday. On Aug. 2, security forces carried out raids on terrorist hideouts in Arish and Sheikh Zuwaid. Intelligence chief Mohamed Farid met with Palestinians about a proposed Gaza ceasefire. The trial of Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, and 67 others accused of terrorist crimes was postponed to Aug. 9 due to a malfunctioning microphone.
The Army claimed to have killed 14 militants in shootouts in the Sinai, and to have destroyed 13 more tunnels into Gaza, bringing the total to 1,639 reportedly destroyed by Egypt's military. A rocket fired by suspected Islamist militants in al-Gorah landed in Rafah, killing four children and wounding five other people yesterday. Security forces arrested 47 people after clashes in Sheikh Zuwaid yesterday. Spain, Ireland, and Germany recently lifted restrictions on traveling to Sharm al Sheikh. Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) has been distributing flyers in the Sinai promoting its jihad for the establishment of an Islamic state.
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.