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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.
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.