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Keep up with all the latest developments in Egypt as unrest continues to cripple the country following the military's removal of Mohamed Morsi as president on July 3.

  • The US Embassy in Cairo has sent out an advisory to US citizens, advising them to stay close to home for the foreseeable future:

    "Due to the uncertain security situation following the violence over the past weekend, U.S. citizens are advised to elevate their level of awareness and limit their movements to the near vicinity of their neighborhoods. The U.S. Embassy recommends against overland travel outside metropolitan areas at this time.

    "Several recent bombing attacks have targeted police and military both in Cairo and throughout the country. Consequently, U.S. citizens are urged to exercise utmost vigilance and caution when in proximity to military and police personnel and facilities.

    "As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly."
  • Gunmen have shot dead a police officer guarding a church in Cairo, and wounded two others, security sources said, hours after another attack claimed the life of a police general. The shootings on Tuesday come a day after Egypt's military backed its chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to run for the presidency. Security sources said gunmen in a car opened fire at the policemen in western Cairo, killing one and wounding two. One assailant was arrested while two others fled on foot. [AFP]
  • Egypt's state news agency says the second trial of ousted President Mohammed Morsi over charges related to 2011 prison breaks has been adjourned for nearly a month. The agency said on Tuesday that the judges decided to postpone the trial until Feb. 22 to allow lawyers time to review the case files. [AP]
  • The scene outside Morsi's trial

    A supporter of Egypt's army and police rallies against Muslim Brotherhood members and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The sign reads in Arabic: "Death for Morsi the traitor, al-Sisi is my president." [Reuters] 
    A supporter of Egypt's army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, wears an Egyptian flag and holds a military boot on her head as a sign of support for military rule. [Reuters] 
    Security forces stand guard outside the police academy where the trial of Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood was taking place, on the outskirts of Cairo. [Reuters] 
    An Egyptian protester holds a placard depicting al-Sisi. [EPA] 
    Supporters of al-Sisi shout slogans as they attempt to stop a car belonging to lawyers of Muslim Brotherhood members and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. [Reuters] 
    An Egyptian protester holds a placard with photos of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders and an Arabic inscription reading: "Mass execution." [EPA] 
     
     

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  • Gunmen on a motorbike have killed a senior Egyptian Interior Ministry official outside his home in Cairo, putting pressure on the military-backed government as it struggles to contain an Islamist insurgency. The death on Tuesday of General Mohamed Saeed, head of the technical office of the minister of interior, suggests militants are stepping up their campaign against the state at a delicate time in Egyptian politics. [Reuters]

  • Egyptians watch television showing the trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo on Tuesday. [Reuters]


  • Morsi faces court appearance over charges linked to his escape from prison

    Read Al Jazeera's full article here


  • Mohamed Morsi protested his new trial Tuesday from inside a glass-encased metal cage, declaring to the judges he remained Egypt's legitimate leader, state television reported.

    State television aired recorded video of Morsi in a white jumpsuit, pacing in a metal cell separated from other defendants.

    “Tell me who are you!” Morsi shouted, jumping inside the cage. “Do you know where I am?”

    Earlier, at an unaired portion of the hearing, defendants turned their back to the court, a form of protest of their prosecution, a state television journalist described on air.

    [Associated Press]


  • Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi arrives in Cairo for trial over prison breaks in 2011 
    Read Al Jazeera's full report here. 


  • Local media reporting that an interior ministry official, General Mohamed Saeed has been assassinated in Giza, Cairo this morning.

    Security officials said Saeed, head of the technical office of the minister of interior was targeted by two people on a motorcycle who "shot him and fled."

  • Egypt's state news agency says gunmen have blown up a natural gas pipeline in the volatile Sinai Peninsula.

    MENA said on Tuesday that the explosion took place late Monday night south of el-Arish, the capital of the North Sinai governorate.

    It said firefighers rushed to the scene to extinguish a fire there.

    Gas pipelines have come under attacks several times since the 2011 downfall of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The last attack took place 10 days ago.

    The fall of Mubarak led to a fracturing of Egypt's security agencies. Suicide bombings also have spiked and spilled into the capital, Cairo, and other cities. 

    An al-Qaeda-inspired group called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Champions of Jerusalem, has claimed responsibility for most of those attacks.

    [Associated Press]

  • Egypt's state news agency says ousted President Mohamed Morsi has arrived in Cairo for a trial over prison breaks in 2011.

    Morsi flew by helicopter from Borg al-Arab prison in Alexandria, while some 130 others were driven to Cairo.

    The case is rooted in the 2011 escape of more than 20,000 inmates from Egyptian prisons, including Morsi. 

    Also charged are members of the Palestinian group Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

    A lawyer has said the trial appears aimed at "denigrating" Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    It is Morsi's second court appearance since Egypt's July 3 military coup.

  • Al Jazeera's struggles in Egypt

     Read Al Jazeera's full report here.



  • Egypt's Sisi cleared for presidential bid
    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube
    Egypt's top military body has given its approval for the head of the armed forces to run for the presidency.

    Hundreds of protestors have been killed in the six months since the military, led by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew President Mohamed Morsi.

    But, despite widespread opposition to military rule, a failing economy and serious social unrest have led some in Egypt to view Sisi as a national savior.
     
    Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.

  • For the full story click here 

    We were singled out for particular punishment. They were told there were "Canadian terrorists", and so we got a special beating. I had a boot mark on my back that lasted a week. It was clear enough that you could see the shoe-size number.




  • Posters of Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi adorn the walls of an area of Cairo's Gamaliya district, where he spent his childhood. [Reuters] 
    Posters of Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi adorn the walls of an area of Cairo's Gamaliya district, where he spent his childhood. [Reuters] 
    Posters of Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi adorn the walls of an area of Cairo's Gamaliya district, where he spent his childhood. [Reuters] 
     
     

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  • Egypt's top generals have cleared the way for army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to run for president, state media has reported, setting the stage for him to declare his candidacy in the coming days.

    Read Al Jazeera's full report here.
  • Three years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak Inside Story looks at what Egyptians have achieved and where the country is headed.
    Inside Story - Egypt: Taking stock of the revolution
    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube

  • Interim President Adly Mansour has issued a decree to promote defence minister, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Field Marshal. 

    [Egyptian State TV]

  • Libyan militia leader who was arrested in Egypt has been freed following the release of two Egyptian diplomats and an embassy staff member who were kidnapped in Tripoli, Libya.

    The releases took place late on Sunday, according to an Egyptian security official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Three Egyptian diplomats still held captive are also expected to be released soon.

    [Reuters]

  • This video reportedly shows the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group shooting down a Egyptian military helicopter in the Sinai peninsula
    انصار بيت المقدس تنشر فيديو اسقاط الطائرة العسكرية في سنياء " حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل "
    by IBrahem dawoud via YouTube
    The Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which has taken responsibility for a series of deadly attacks across the country, said its fighters brought down a Egyptian military helicopter on Saturday.

    The group said the helicopter was shot down near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwayed with a "surface-to-air missile, killing all its crew."

    The military issued a statement saying five soldiers were killed in a helicopter "accident".

    Al Jazeera cannot independently verify the authenticity of this video.
  • Detained Al Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste writes his second letter from Egypt's Tora prison 

    Peter Greste writes on his surprise of being arrested for his reporting.

    The fact that we were arrested for what seems to be a set of relatively uncontroversial stories tells us a lot about what counts as “normal” and what is dangerous in post-revolutionary Egypt.
    our arrest has served as a chilling warning to others of where the middle is here.

    Read the full letter here.

  • Tarek Masoud, assistant professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Middle East Specialist, talks to Al Jazeera.

    He explains why the interim government made the decision to set the presidential election in April.

  • Egypt's interim president, Adly Mansour has announced that Egypt will hold a presidential election before parliamentary polls, changing a political "road map" laid down after the army overthrew Mohamed Morsi last summer.

    The long-expected change could pave the way for the swift election of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the popular defence minister who many expect will run for the presidency.

    Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.

  •  An Al-Qaeda linked group has claimed it shot down an Egyptian military helicopter in the Sinai peninsula, in what the army said was an accident that killed five soldiers.

    The Ansar Beit al-Madqis group, which has taken responsibility for a series of deadly attacks across the country, said its fighters brought down the helicopter on Saturday with a missile.

    The military issued a statement saying five soldiers were killed in a helicopter "accident" as they pursued fighters in the restive peninsula. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said the helicopter was shot down near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwayed with a "surface-to-air missile, killing all its crew."

    [AFP]
  • Egypt to hold early presidential election

    Interim president says he will change "roadmap" to call early presidential election, and vows to combat "terrorists".
  • Mansour also stated that the rise in attacks against police and military will not derail the
    country's 
    transition to democracy. "These terrorist attacks aim to break the will of Egyptians,'' he said.

    "I tell those terrorists your despicable acts will not realize their goals." He vowed that the government will fight the violence "relentlessly'" and "mercilessly"

    He added that he appealed to the prosecutors to review the cases of detainees held without charges from protests, including university students, to ensure that those held for no reasons are released. Thousands are believed to be locked up following an intense government crackdown on dissent.

    [AP]
  • Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour has announced that Egypt will hold presidential elections before parliamentary polls. 

    "I have taken my decision to amend the roadmap by which we will hold
    presidential elections first followed by parliamentary elections.
    Today, I will
    request the Higher Presidential Elections Committee to open the floor for the
    candidates in the presidential race and to do so in accordance with clause 230
    in the amended constitution,
    " he said 

    [Reuters] 

  • More from Mansour:

    We were on the streets yesterday to mark the revolution, God's victory is looming large. Terrorism is a tool of the weak, and my confidence in Egypt is firm and unshaken.

    We will fight terrorism without mercy those who have abandoned the nation.

    The homeland is precious and dear. We will do our best to safeguard your lives.

    Priority goes to securing nation and we will increase courts dealing with terrorism. I have asked public persecutor to speed up investigation with detainees and release those found innocent.
  • Just in: Egyptian President Adly Mansour now giving a live televised national address following the #Jan25 anniversary. "We will do our best to restore and safeguard security."
  • Eric Trager, Egypt specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, talks to Al Jazeera about the political divisions in Egypt.

  • At least 29 people are dead, many more are injured as Egypt marked the third anniversary of the uprising that ousted President Hosni  Mubarak.

    One eye-witness report has claimed police have been firing on people from rooftops.

  • Al Jazeera interviewed Dr Mohammed Ali from a field hospital near El Matareya Educational hospital in Cairo.

    • He said he had seen about 300 cases today, some of them serious
    • There are few women among the injured, he said, and some children. He added that a 10-year-old child was shot dead in the head and had died
    • 150 cases transferred to El Matareya Educational hospital
    • He says police fired live bullets and most cases shot in the chest , abdomen and legs
    • Police also fired birdshot, according to Dr Ali, and in most cases shot the face and parts of the body
    • He said that police and snipers fired at demonstrators from the rooftops of buildings  surrounding  El Matareya square
    • He told Al Jazeera protesters are unarmed and that police used to fire tear gas bombs at them before but now security forces use live bullets
    • The death toll he has seen is 14 at the field hospital and another 2 at Zaiytoun hospital

     For the full interview, airing in the 21 GMT news hour, tune in to our livestream

  • Death toll given by Ministry of Health is 29 across Egypt.
  • Conflicting death toll reports as Anti-Coup activists say at least 40 dead while Ministry of Health says nine.

    More soon.
  • Egypt's Health Ministry has confirmed at least nine people have died across Egypt today.
  • In pictures: People take to the streets of Egypt on the anniversary of the January 25 revolution
     
     

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    [Picture Credit: EPA]



  • At least seven people have died during the January 25 demonstrations according to the ministry of health.

    Three of the dead were in Cairo while two were in Giza and two in Minya.

    At least 47 people have been injured in the violence.
  • Interior Ministry says at least 450 people have been arrested nationwide during today's protests.
  • One person has been injured in a bomb attack and gunfight on a Central Security Forces camp in Suez, according to MENA.
  • An explosion has been heard near a building in Suez that was housing riot police in the city.

    Reuters reported the blast, citing security forces saying three attackers had planted the bomb and then fled before the explosion.

    More soon.
  • Al-Qaeda's leader says that Egypt's majority Muslims should not fight their Christian compatriots, even though the head of their church supported a military coup that deposed the president.

    In an audio message posted on militant websites early Saturday, Ayman al-Zawahri said it was not in the interest of Muslims to be engaged with the Christians because "we have to be busy with confronting the Americanised coup of el-Sissi and establish an Islamic government instead."


  • Peter Greste writes from Tora prison on the plight of his colleagues and on freedom of press. [Link

  • A helicopter crash in the restive Sinai Peninsula killed five Egyptian
    soldiers on Saturday, medics said.

  • Ministry of Health: four people killed  and 15 injured in cashes so far today across country. Two people have been killed in Minya, one in Cairo and one in Giza.
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