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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.
The military claimed it killed 17 jihadists in clashes in the Sinai and arrested three more in Rafah. A bomb exploded at the Sidi Gaber train station in Alexandria, wounding at least five people. On the one-year anniversary of the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood supporters staged protests in Cairo, Alexandria, Asiut, Suez, Aswan, and Giza, as well as in Fayoum and several other provinces. Bombings were reported in Cairo, Asiut, Giza, and Alexandria. Security forces made 157 violence-related arrests, in Cairo, Alexandria, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Damietta, Fayoum, Minya, and Asiut. Three Morsi supporters were fined and sentenced to prison for setting fire to the Heliopolis tramway last year. Fugitive Muslim Brotherhood supporter Ahmed al Mogheer urged that Egyptian military forces be attacked "without pity."
Security forces arrested four members of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) in the Cairo suburb of Helwan and in Nasr City over links to explosions on June 30 that killed two bomb disposal experts; the bombings have been claimed by another group, Ajnad Mir. A car bomb exploded near the Air Force hospital in Cairo's Abesseya district; one suspect was arrested, but others escaped. Authorities arrested several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood's NASL organization after they called for a nationwide "uprising of anger" protest to be held on July 3. The trial of the Nasr City terrorist cell was postponed to July 12.
In separate incidents, two police officers were killed while trying to defuse two bombs in Cairo near the presidential palace. The terrorist group Ajnad Mir claimed the explosions, saying it had warned civilians on June 27 not to go near the palace. Ajnad Mir also said the explosions were caused by "newly developed" devices that are not easily detected. The Islamist group NASL called for a nationwide "uprising of anger" on July 3, urging supporters to march from all mosques to city squares, and threatened protests outside the homes of judges, the interior minister, and the head of the armed forces.
Tribal sources in Sinai said that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is supporting the operations of the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem), local jihadists have been trained in Syria, and the ISIS flag has been seen in militant operations near Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. Security forces killed at least 19 militants in a raid in Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai on June 23, and eight more on June 21. Three policemen in Qalyubia are suspected of working with Ansar Jerusalem. Six Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to five years in prison for participating in protests and clashes in March. An Egyptian reporter and Christian convert was sentenced to five years in prison for "inciting sectarianism." A mass trial of nearly 500 Islamists accused of participating in deadly clashes last August in Cairo will be held in July. Australia protested the sentencing of Peter Greste, an Australian reporter who worked for Al Jazeera.
A court upheld death sentences against Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and some 182 followers. Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia, and their sentences are invalidated if they surrender to authorities or are arrested, in which case retrial is ordered. The charges included sabotage, terrorism, and murder. The defense plans to appeal. Badie and 13 Muslim Brotherhood supporters also face a separate trial on murder and firearms charges. A bomb detonated on the international road in North Sinai.
An alleged Muslim Brotherhood member was killed in Cairo when a bomb he was carrying to attack police exploded as he was riding a motorbike. Gunmen attacked security forces near the Sheikh Zuwaid Police Station in North Sinai but were repelled when security forces opened fire on them. A bomb exploded as a military convoy was passing by in North Sinai, but there were no casualties.
A Cairo court labeled Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) as a terrorist group, and blamed it for a number of attacks on security officials, including one at Cairo University in April. Security officials claimed that Shadi el Manei, a top leader of the Sinai-based terror group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, was killed along with three associates by tribesmen in a drive-by revenge killing in central Sinai. Muslim Brotherhood supporters protested at universities in Cairo and Alexandria.
Interior Minister Ibrahim announced that security services had foiled terrorist plans to target the president, the defense and interior ministers, police force leaders, and other officials. Authorities have closed the border with Libya for security reasons. A criminal court convicted former president Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement, sentencing him to three years in prison; his sons Gamal and Alaa were handed four-year prison terms, and the three were fined more than $20 million. Three policemen were killed and nine injured during rioting by Muslim Brotherhood supporters at Al Azhar University on May 19; a student was killed in the clashes, which are ongoing. A court acquitted 169 Muslim Brotherhood members on May 19 who had been charged with unrest.
Presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for US support and equipment to help Egypt fight terrorism. The Army seized 15 tons of bomb-making material from two locations in al Quantara, a town that straddles the Suez Canal. Security forces defused three IEDs at a checkpoint in Giza. Gunmen opened fire on a police car in el Arish, wounding an officer and two conscripts.
Unidentified attackers torched the car of the chief prosecutor in Malhalla. Student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police outside Al-Azhar university in Cairo. The Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) released a video calling for jihad against "the Jews, the Christians, the polytheists, the apostates, the Rawafidh [Shi'ites] and the aggressors, by the money, the self, and the tongue." The video condemned democracy, which allegedly "pushes the Muslims into the orbit of the global system controlled by the Zionist Crusaders" and aims "to prevent the Muslims from establishing a Caliphate."
The chief prosecutor's office accused 200 members of the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) of terrorism, conspiracy with al Qaeda and Hamas, fighting and training in Syria, and carrying out 51 attacks including suicide bombings. The group also allegedly cut a deal with former president Mohamed Morsi to refrain from attacks in exchange for the release of some of its members. Sources said 98 of the 200 suspects are at large. An operational leader of the group was reportedly arrested today in Beni Sueif. In Yayoum, two Muslim Brotherhood members were injured in a clashes.
Ansar Bayt Maqdis claimed two suicide bombings that killed a soldier and wounded at least eight people on May 2 near Sharm El-Sheikh. Gunmen killed a retired senior army officer in al-Arish.
The army said three members of Ansar Jerusalem were killed and three more militants were arrested in operations in North Sinai; officials said two of those arrested were related to an Ansar Jerusalem founder who died last month. A Muslim Brotherhood leader said mass death sentences will pave the way for the downfall of Cairo's current regime.
Authorities arrested Yasser Mehrez, the spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, who has been on the run for the past 10 months. Two people were killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of former president Morsi in Fayoum. Police clashed with Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Beni Suef.