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Jihadists claimed to have bombed a pipeline in North Sinai that carries oil into Jordan; the claim is unverified. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said that 208 people who had "taken up arms" against security forces were killed in 2014, and almost 1,000 were arrested. Sisi also argued that freedom of expression and protest rights were secondary to the country's basic stability. Egypt closed its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen due to security concerns.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi released a statement claiming that free speech rights in Egypt are intact and that there are no political prisoners in the country, while calling for a renewed dialogue on Islam. A traditional Jewish festival that would have taken place on Jan. 10 did not happen as an Alexandria administrative court formally banned it in December. Former president Mohammed Morsi claimed that he is still the country's chief executive at his trial on espionage charges. A roadside bomb injured four soldiers in the North Sinai. Security forces destroyed a .75 mile tunnel in Rafah used for smuggling across the border between Sinai and Gaza. Egypt will reopen the Rafah border crossing into Gaza for three days starting on Jan. 20.
Three Bedouins were beheaded by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in the Sinai for allegedly "conspiring with Israel," according to the government; another man was shot and killed for "dealing with" the army. Three additional men were found executed in Rafah, and one woman was injured in a separate shooting.
A court overturned the embezzlement convictions of former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons. Egypt's Grand Mufti, who had previously condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris, warned the magazine Charlie Hebdo about publishing its latest caricature of Mohammad, calling it an "unwarranted provocation" of Muslims. A police captain was found dead in North Sinai, two days after his disappearance; Ansar Beit al-Maqdis is suspected in the killing.
Two men were found decapitated in a village in North Sinai on Jan. 10; Ansar Beit Al Maqdis jihadists are suspected of the atrocity. One "terrorist element" was killed and one soldier was injured after a car chase in the Al-Wahat area of the Western desert. Unidentified gunmen shot at a police checkpoint in Giza, injuring three policemen. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will meet with the head of the World Jewish Congress. An atheist was sentenced to three years in jail by an Egyptian court for insulting Islam and "belittl[ing] the divine" via Facebook posts.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gave a speech during mass at an Orthodox cathedral in Abasseya, marking the first time an Egyptian head of state participated in a Christmas ceremony. Egypt's leading clerical authority condemned yesterday's terrorist attack in Paris.
A policeman was killed as he attempted to defuse a bomb placed near a gas station in Cairo. Terrorists killed two policemen guarding a Coptic church south of Cairo. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a "religious revolution" and reformation of aggressive interpretations of Islam in a speech made to a gathering of Egypt's leading clerics.
A bomb blast in north Sinai injured at least five people, including two policemen. Egypt has started expanding its buffer zone with Gaza, a plan that calls for the destruction of about 1,200 residences. One civilian was killed and three policemen were injured when gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in Cairo.
The Egyptian military claims that Tawfiq Awwad "Abu Seiba," a commander of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, was killed in a firefight with security forces in Rafah. Egyptian forces killed one suspected militant and arrested 11 others during operations in Sinai; the first phase of the government's expanded buffer zone with Gaza will cost $70 million. A roadside bomb killed two soldiers in North Sinai.
The interior ministry announced that security forces killed five Islamic State-affliated Ansar Bayt al Maqdis fighters in a raid in northern Egypt. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi replaced the chief of general intelligence after an embarrassing information leak, citing health reasons. Egypt reopened the border with Gaza for the first time in two months on Dec. 21. The US has delivered 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt.
The army stated that it has killed 17 militants, arrested 11 others and destroyed 64 "militant sites" in north Sinai in the past three days. The Interior Ministry has expelled 40 Cairo police cadets for ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The British Embassy in Cairo has reopened after unspecific security issues were "resolved."
Egypt's head prosecutor referred 439 "hard-liners" to military tribunals over violence that occurred last year after protests were broken up. Two policemen were killed in a drive-by shooting in the town of El Arish in the Sinai. At least 10 jihadists were killed and one vehicle destroyed in a government air strike on militant hideouts in the North Sinai, according to state media.
Egypt has reduced the security curfew in portions of North Sinai from 14 hours to 11 hours, "to help people in Sinai earn a living," according to President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Sisi's government faces criticism of recent measures implemented to counter terrorism and diminish the influence of Islamist parties.
An Egyptian court upheld death sentences for seven men accused of an August 2013 attack on a convoy in Sinai that killed 25 policemen. The British Embassy in Cairo has suspended services due to unspecified security concerns. Authorities have enacted new regulations that ban Egyptians from traveling to Turkey without a permit, in a bid to thwart recruitment of Islamist militants. A court referred four members of the Muslim Brotherhood to the country's top religious authority for judgment; the men are charged with killing protesters near the Islamist group's headquarters on June 30, 2013.
A court sentenced 188 protesters to death for support of the Muslim Brotherhood and complicity in the killing of 11 police officers in Kardasa in August 2013. A member of the Helwan Brigades was arrested for allegedly attempting to blow up a police station in Helwan. The leader of al-Azhar, a prominent Sunni scholars group, condemned the Islamic State as "barbaric," while not ruling out the possibility that factors inciting the group's rise were related to "a plot by Israel." The Egyptian Army said it killed seven "terrorist elements" and arrested 15 others in north Sinai on Dec. 2.
The Islamic State-linked group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed that it killed US oil worker William Henderson in August. An investigation is underway into the hijacking of an Egyptian missile boat on Nov. 14; militants reportedly intended to hijack an Israeli ship. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has declared zones along Egypt's borders that are 'forbidden' or 'restricted' to anyone other than security forces. An Egyptian court has declared the Islamic State a terrorist organization and banned it and affiliated jihadist groups.
A gunman killed three Egyptian soldiers, including a colonel, in northern Sinai. An Alexandria court sentenced 78 minors between the ages of 13 and 17 to prison sentences ranging from two to five years for taking part in protests organized by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian cabinet approved a draft of an antiterrorism law that would give the state broad powers to ban groups that "disrupt public order." The Salafist Front is calling for a "Muslim Youth Intifada" on Nov. 28 to protest the government.
Egypt will partially reopen the Rafah border crossing linking the Sinai to Gaza on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. The government has revoked Egyptian citizenship for a Palestinian Salafist for "links to foreign entities that seek to undermine the social and economic order of the state."
Three unexploded bombs were discovered on railway tracks from Cairo to Aswan after a fourth bomb exploded near a southern train station, leaving behind a charred body presumed to be the bomber. The Egyptian Army killed seven and arrested 67 suspected militants during anti-terrorism operations in the Sinai. Hamas has denounced an Egyptian lawsuit to ban and designate the Ezzeddin Qassam Brigades, the group's military wing, as a terrorist organization.