1. DISINTEGRATING

    24 Egyptian Police Killed in Sinai Attack

    Egyptian security forces deployed in front of the North Sinai governorate building amid unrest events, North Sinai town of Arish, Egypt, 18 August 2013. Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, on 18 August, warned supporters of the toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi against further violence after days of deadly unrest. "He who thinks that violence will bring the state and Egyptians to their knees has to think again," al-Sissi said at a meeting of army and police commanders, according to the state-run newspaper al-Ahram.

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    Twenty-four Egyptian police officers were killed Monday in the Sinai Peninsula when militants threw rocket-propelled grenades at two buses packed with law enforcement officials. The peninsula, once stable under former president Hosni Mubarak, borders both Israel and Gaza—and at least 49 security officers have been killed in attacks since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in July. Meanwhile, in Cairo, Egypt’s military government banned vigilante groups while warning that further violence will not be tolerated. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the street Sunday, but security forces closed off roads and deployed tanks to prevent any more protests.

     

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