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Auditors revealed that EU aid to Egypt has failed to stem human rights abuses and rampant corruption. The Interior Ministry announced plans to close down routes from the Sinai to the mainland in preparation for protests on June 30. Authorities are seeking to stop the flow of jihadists from the Sinai. The tourism minister resigned over the appointment of the new governor of Luxor.
Authorities seized a half ton of explosives being smuggled into the Sinai. A new poll found that support for President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood is declining in Egypt. Activists and tourism workers threatened to go on strike if the newly appointed governor of Luxor is not dismissed.
The Egyptian army rejected a request by Hamas' leader to meet. Authorities told Hamas leaders staying in Cairo to find a new hotel due to upcoming protests against the group. President Morsi appointed Adel Mohamed al Khayat as governor of Luxor; al Khayat is a member of Gamaa al-Islamiyya, a known terrorist group. The Muslim Brotherhood now holds 13 of 27 governorates. Security sources warned of the infiltration into the Sinai of 30 "dangerous" jihadists. Prosecutors said an al Qaeda-linked group was behind the February 2011 kidnapping of a number of security personnel in the Sinai.
An Egyptian cleric and his son were given suspended sentences and ordered to pay a fine for burning a Bible during a protest outside the US embassy in Cairo in September. A senior Muslim Brotherhood official slammed Hezbollah for its role in the Syrian civil war.
President Morsi cut all diplomatic ties with the Syrian regime and said he was ready to start providing financial aid to the opposition. Morsi also called on Hezbollah to leave Syria. Authorities claimed to have arrested a man linked to Israel's Mossad. A flight from Egypt to New York was diverted after the discovery of a threatening note.
A military spokesman denied reports that suggested authorities had discovered the identity of those behind the recent kidnapping of seven security personnel in the Sinai. An Israeli official recently met with Egyptian officials to discuss the security situation in the Sinai. A senior official said citizens are free to go to Syria to fight and will not be prosecuted upon their return.
Authorities seized iron that was being smuggled into the Gaza Strip from Egypt. Four smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza were also destroyed. Egyptian Islamists are planning a demonstration on June 30 to counter those of the opposition. A group of Islamists also accused two businessmen and the Gulf States of plotting chaos in Egypt.
The North Sinai governor said that while there are "Salafi jihadi elements" operating in the Sinai, al Qaeda does not have a base in the area. Authorities stopped a drug and arms smuggling operation near the Libyan border. A Coptic teacher was fined $14,000 for insulting Islam. Hundreds of Coptic Christians protested after at least seven Christians, including a child, were beaten and robbed by unknown assailants outside a monastery in Assuit last week.
The United States recently agreed to continue providing Egypt with $1.3 billion in military aid despite concerns of rights issues. President Morsi said calls for new elections by the opposition "absurd." A German Islamist was barred entry to Egypt by authorities. Various Islamist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood partook in anti-Israel rallies in Cairo.
A court sentenced 43 people, including 19 Americans, to jail terms ranging from one to five years for working at "unregistered" NGOs. Secretary of State Kerry condemned the sentences and said it was a "politically-motivated trial." A youth activist was sentenced to six months in jail for insulting President Morsi.
A checkpoint in the Sinai was attacked by unidentified gunmen for the 39th time since February 2011. The Armed Forces sent reinforcements to the Sinai to track down wanted militants. Explosives intended to be used for the creation of smuggling tunnels were seized by authorities in the Sinai. A court ruled the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled parliament to be illegal, but allowed it to continue operations until a new parliament emerges.
The Muslim Brotherhood said Hezbollah had lost its status earned fighting the "Zionist enemy," due to its role in the Syrian civil war. A delegation of imams was sent by Egyptian authorities to the Sinai to counter Islamic extremism in the area. A Muslim Brotherhood official alleged that former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan is responsible for some of the recent unrest in the Sinai.
Three women were killed by at least 10 men in an honor killing near Luxor. Authorities shut down five smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Security sources alleged that President Morsi was informed of plans to kidnap soldiers in the Sinai a week before seven security personnel were abducted.
Authorities arrested four suspected jihadists near Alexandria. The government decided to withdraw its annual funding for the country's Jewish community. President Morsi said he hopes to see the kidnappers of the seven security personnel, who were recently freed, arrested. Authorities seized a variety of weaponry including rockets destined for the Gaza Strip.
Authorities secured the release of seven security personnel who were kidnapped last week by Islamist gunmen in the Sinai. Following their release, authorities reopened the Rafah crossing with Gaza. Hamas congratulated Egypt on securing the release of the security personnel. Jihadists attacked an Egyptian army outpost in the Sinai for approximately 15 minutes.
Authorities increased the number of roadblocks in the Sinai as an operation to free seven kidnapped security personnel could be launched at any moment. Family members of those kidnapped joined a police protest in Rafah. The alleged death of one Islamist militant in the Sinai via airstrike was denied by security officials. Authorities announced the discovery of 23 smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza thus far in May.
President Morsi said authorities have no plans to negotiate with the Islamists who kidnapped seven security personnel in the Sinai last week. In response to the kidnapping, the army sent reinforcements into the Sinai. Conscripts in the Central Security Forces went on strike to protest the kidnapping of the security personnel. A police camp in the Sinai was attacked by unidentified gunmen for approximately 25 minutes. A truck carrying explosives destined for the Sinai was seized by authorities.
A video purporting to show seven kidnapped Egyptian security personnel was released to the Internet. The seven men were abducted by Islamists in the Sinai earlier this week. Authorities in Egypt are planning an operation to secure their release. Two journalists known for their criticism of President Morsi will soon face trial.
President Morsi called for a military operation in the Sinai to secure the release of seven hostages recently abducted by Islamist gunmen. A large combat force is expected to enter the Sinai in the next 48 hours. A leading Salafist condemned the Muslim Brotherhood for not implementing sharia law and for working with Shia Muslims.