Alert for Egypt
Egyptian court jails female pro-Morsi protesters - 28 November 2013:
An Egyptian court has sentenced 21 female protesters, seven of which are under 18 years of age, to 11 years in prison. The women, who are all supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, were found guilty of belonging to a terrorist group, obstructing traffic and sabotage during a protest last month. The sentence comes days after the interim government passed a law banning all public protests unless approved by the Egyptian authorities.
Interim president signs new 'anti-protest' law - 25 November 2013:
Egypt's interim president, Adly Mansour, has signed a new law which restricts public protests in the country. The law bans protests without prior police notification, along with unsanctioned gatherings of 10 or more people - either in private or public. Human Rights Watch said the new law "would effectively give the police carte blanche to ban protest in Egypt".
Turkish ambassador expelled from Egypt - 23 November 2013:
Egypt have expelled the Turkish ambassador from the country, accusing Ankara of spreading instability in the country. Turkey have been publicly critical of the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July, calling it an "unacceptable coup".
Child shot dead during rival Friday protests - 22 November 2013:
A ten-year-old child has been shot dead after clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohammed Morsi in the northern city of Suez. Demonstrations were also held across the capital, Cairo, following Friday prayers, with at least 35 people arrested.
Soldiers killed in Sinai car bombing - 20 November 2013:
At least 10 Egyptian soldiers have been killed and 35 others wounded after a car bomb exploded near the city of el-Arish in North Sinai. The troops were travelling in a convoy on the road to Cairo when one of the vehicles hit the device.
Train crash leaves 24 dead near Cairo - 18 November 2013:
At least 24 people have been killed after a cargo train hit several vehicles at a crossing around 40km south of the capital, Cairo. According to state TV many of the victims were members of the same family who were returning to the southern city of Fayyou. A security official said that the gates of the crossing were closed at the time of the collision and that initial reports suggested no negligence on behalf of the train driver.
Egypt ends three-month state of emergency - 13 November 2013:
Egypt's government has lifted a three-month state of emergency and night-time curfew, two days earlier than expected. The measures were implemented following violent clashes between the security forces and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo in August, which left more than 630 people dead and thousands more wounded.
Trial of ousted president begins in Cairo - 4 November 2013:
The trial of the ousted former President Mohammed Morsi is set to begin in Cairo alongside 14 other Muslim Brotherhood officials. In a statement Mr Morsi said "I am the legitimate president of the country. I refuse to accept that the Egyptian judiciary be a cover for the criminal military coup". Around 20,000 police officers have been deployed to maintain order across the country
Police fire tear gas at student protesters in Cairo - 30 October 2013:
Egyptian riot police have fired tear gas at protesting students at the al-Azhar university in Cairo. The clashes erupted after authorities arrested Essam el-Erian, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, prompting angry students to smash windows and cover campus walls with anti-army graffiti.
Three police officers shot dead in Mansoura - 28 October 2013:
Three Egyptian police officers have been shot dead in an attack by unknown gunmen in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura. Three men in a car and one on a motorbike opened fire on the police in a dawn ambush at a security checkpoint near the citiy's university.
Police clash with Morsi supporters across Egypt - 25 October 2013:
Egyptian police have clashed with supporters of the deposed president Mohammed Morsi across Egypt. Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital Cairo, Alexandria and in the town of Suez to call for Mr Morsi to be reinstated.
Gunmen kill three in Cairo church shooting - 21 October 2013:
At least three people have been killed after gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo. The interior ministry said that an eight-year-old girl was among the victims, while nine people were also wounded in the attack in the northern al-Warak neighbourhood.
Police clash with students at Cairo university - 20 October 2013:
Egyptian riot police have clashed with students during an anti-military protest at the al-Azhar University in Cairo. The students setup roadblocks in the area and threw rocks at police, who responded by firing tear gas into the crowds. The interior ministry said that 55 students had been arrest, although there were no reports of casualties.
Suicide car bomb kills four in Sinai - 10 October 2013:
Three soldiers and a police officer have been killed after a suicide car bomb exploded at a checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The vehicle exploded as the security forces attempted to search it just south of the city of al-Arish.
Security forces targeted in Egypt - 7 October 2013:
At least 10 members of the Egyptian security forces have been killed in several attacks across the country. Five soldiers were killed when gunmen opened fire on their patrol vehicle outside the city of Ismailiya, while a further five died when a large car bomb exploded at a security HQ in southern Sinai.
Rival clashes leave 34 dead in Egypt - 6 October 2013:
At least 34 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded in a day of bloody unrest across Egypt. Hundreds of people had gathered in Cairo's Tahir Square to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war before a large group of Muslim Brotherhood supporters attempted to march to the area, leading to clashes with the country's security forces. Other smaller clashes were reported across the rest of Egypt, including Suez, Delga and Bani Suef.
Teenage Morsi supporter killed in Suez clashes - 4 October 2013:
A teenage boy has been killed in clashes between rival protesters in the port city of Suez. The violence erupted when Muslim Brotherhood supporters chanted anti-army slogans, leading to an exchange of gunfire with anti-Morsi protesters. Elsewhere riot police have fired tear gas and locked down Tahir Square in Cairo after clashes broke out during a march by pro-Morsi demonstrators.
Pro-Morsi supporters hold fresh rally in Tahir Square - 2 October 2013:
Supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, have held a small rally in Cairo's Tahir Square for the first time since he was forced from office in July. Around 100 protesters gathered at the square, calling for an end to the military rule which has been in place since the army seized power on 3 July.
Police officer shot dead in el-Arish - 27 September 2013:
An Egyptian police officer has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the city of el-Arish in North Sinai. The victim, identified as Mustafa Yahya Jawish, was driving his car in the al-Masaid neighbourhood when he was killed.
Egyptian court bans all Muslim Brotherhood activities - 23 September 2013:
An Egyptian court has banned all activities by the Muslim Brotherhood, along with ordering the government to seize the group's funds and administer its frozen assets. The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters said the ruling applied to all aspects of the group, including "any institution branching out from or belonging to the Brotherhood".
Security forces launch operations in Dalga - 17 September 2013:
Egyptian security forces have launched operations to recapture the central town of Balga, which has been controlled by Muslim Brotherhood supporters for the last two months. It was reported that the 15,000 Christian Copts who live in the town were being forced to pay a tax to the Muslim Brotherhood, while a number of Christian-owned properties have been damaged.
Pro and anti-Morsi protesters rally in Egypt - 13 September 2013:
Thousands of supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohammed Morsi have gathered across Egypt, the largest outbreak of civil unrest for several weeks. At least one person died and five others were wounded in clashes between the rival protesters in the port city of Alexandria.
State of emergency extended - 12 September 2013:
The Egyptian government has extended the state of emergency in the country for a further two months due to the ongoing unrest in the country. The president's office has yet to announce if there will be any changes to the evening curfews which are currently in place across parts of Egypt.
Twin car bomb blast kills six in Sinai - 11 September 2013:
At least six people have been killed in a double suicide car bomb attack in the restive Sinai peninsula. The militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the bombings at the entrance to a military intelligence headquarters in Rafah, along the border with the Gaza Strip.
Army carries out operations against Sinai militants - 9 September 2013:
The Egyptian army has announced full-scale military operations against Islamist militants in the restive Sinai peninsula. Militants have carried out numerous attacks against state infrastructure and the country's security forces since July, including the killing of 25 off-duty police officers in August.
Interior Minister targeted in car bomb blast - 5 September 2013:
Egypt's Interior Minister has survived a car bombing which appeared to have been targeting the politician. Mohammed Ibrahim was travelling near his home in the Nasr City area of Cairo when the device exploded, wounding at least four people.
Brotherhood leader arrest prompts mass protests - 2 September 2013:
Thousands of pro-Morsi supporters marched in cities across Egypt on Friday to reiterate their demands for the deposed president be reinstated. The protests also followed the arrest of another senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed el-Beltagy, who is accused by the army-backed interim government of inciting violence. At least six people were killed during violence in Alexandria, Port Said and Zagazig.
Egyptian court orders Mubarak release - 21 August 2013:
An Egyptian court has ordered the release of former president Hosni Mubarak, although he will remain in custody for at least 48 hours pending a possible appeal by prosecutors. The 85-year-old is being retried on charges relating to the killing of protesters during the popular uprising against him in 2011; however, he has now served the maximum amount of pre-trial detention permitted in the case.
Police officers killed in Sinai ambush - 19 August 2013:
At least 25 off-duty police officers have been killed in an ambush by Islamic militants in the North Sinai Governorate. They were travelling north to the border town of Rafah when the militants opened fire on them with RPGs.
Death toll from Cairo unrest passes 500 - 15 August 2013:
The number of people killed in yesterday's violence in Cairo and other Egyptian cities has now reached 525, according to official government figures. That figure is expected to rise, with the Muslim Brotherhood claiming that 2,000 people were killed in the "massacre". Egypt's prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi, defended the decision to send the army in to break up the pro-Morsi protest camps, saying the government had no choice but to act.
Hundreds dead after army storms pro-Morsi camps - 14 August 2013:
At least 278 people have been killed after the Egyptian army stormed two pro-Morsi protest camps in the capital, Cairo. In response to the unrest a month-long state of emergency has been declared in the country and a curfew imposed on 14 provinces. A number of journalists were among the dead, including a reporter from the UAE's Gulf News and a cameraman from Sky News in the UK.
Police clash with pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo - 13 August 2013:
Egyptian police have clashed with supporters of the deposed president, Mohammed Morsi, in central Cairo. The protesters were marching to the interior ministry when they clashed with local residents, leading to the intervention from security forces.
Army targets Islamist militants in Sinai - 11 August 2013:
At least 25 suspected Islamist militants have been killed in clashes with the Egyptian army in the northern Sinai peninsula. An army spokesman said that a weapons depot was destroyed during the operation, which took place near the city of Sheikh Zuwaid in North Sinai. Ahmed Mohamed Ali also said that the militants had been involved in last year's killing of 16 border guards, and were planning similar "terrorist attacks" in the area.
Islamists hold pro-Morsi rallies amid Eid celebrations - 8 August 2013:
Supporters of the ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi have gathered in north-eastern Cairo to demand his reinstatement. Thousands converged on a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp amid the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Dozens killed as political crisis deepens - 29 July 2013:
More than 100 people have been killed and thousands more wounded over the weekend as pro and anti-Morsi supporters held mass rallies across the country. Violent clashes were reported between the army and pro-Morsi supporters near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on Saturday, leaving more than 70 people dead. Deadly clashes were also reported on Sunday at a funeral for Morsi supporters in the northern cities of Port Said and Kafr el-Zayat.
Egypt braced for mass Friday protests - 26 July 2013:
The Egyptian army has warned that it will use force against any protests which descend into violence, with mass rallies planned by pro and anti-Morsi groups of Friday. Earlier this week General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on people to take to the streets to strengthen the army's mandate to stop "terrorism and violence".
Soldier killed as army chief calls for rallies - 24 July 2013:
A soldier has been killed and another seriously wounded after a bomb exploded in the northern city of Mansoura. Following the blast Egypt's army chief called for nationwide rallies to give the military a mandate to confront "violence and potential terrorism" in the country.
Civil unrest leaves six dead across Cairo - 23 July 2013:
At least six people have been killed during a sit-in by supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi in Egypt's capital, Cairo. A further 19 people were wounded during the clashes in an area near Cairo University in Giza
Three police officers killed by sniper in Sinai - 22 July 2013:
Three Egyptian police officers have been killed by sniper fire in the restive Sinai Peninsula, according to a local security official. The officers were guarding a police station in the northern city of el-Arish when they were killed.
Seven killed in Cairo unrest - 16 July 2013:
At least seven people have been killed and 24 others wounded in overnight clashes between security forces and supporters of the deposed President Mohammed Morsi. Police fired tear gas at the protesters, who had barrickaded the cities main 6 October bridge.
Egypt prepares for large protests - 12 July 2013:
Egypt is bracing for rival protests between supporters and opponents of the deposed president Mohammed Morsi. Both sides have called for large rallies on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
Muslim Brotherhood supporters shot dead in Cairo - 8 July 2013:
At least 42 people have been killed and some 300 others wounded after Egyptian security forces opened fire on a group of Muslim Brotherhood supporters at a barracks in Cairo. The Brotherhood said it supporters were killed in a "massacre" while many of the victims were reportedly shot in the head. The army blamed the incident on "an armed terrorist group" that had tried to storm the barracks.
Three pro-Morsi supporters killed at rally - 5 July 2013:
At least three pro-Morsi protesters have been shot dead by security forces at the officers' club of the Presidential Guard in Cairo. A group of around 2,000 people had marched to the site demanding Mr Morsi's reinstatement. Elsewhere pro-Morsi supporters stormed a police station in the Talbiya area of Giza, resulting in clashes with troops.
Morsi under house arrest as head judge is sworn in as leader - 4 July 2013:
Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi has been placed under house arrest, the day after the army forced him out of office and suspended the constitution. The head judge of Egypt's Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as the interim leader ahead of fresh elections. At least 10 people were killed in overnight clashes between rival protesters across the country.
Morsi defiant as protest deaths rise - 3 July 2013:
Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi has rejected an army ultimatum, saying he is the country's "guardian of legitimacy". The statement was a response to three days of violent pro and anti-government protests across Egypt. At least 16 people died and 200 others were wounded at a pro-Morsi rally near Cairo University on Tuesday night.
Army forces Morsi out of office - 3 July 2013:
The Egyptian army have announced that President Morsi has been removed from office and the constitution has been suspended. General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said that Mr Morsi had "failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people". Armed forces have been deployed to Cairo as pro and anti-Morsi demonstrators gather across the tense city.
Army delivers political ultimatum to Morsi - 1 July 2013:
The Egyptian army has warned the country's political parties that if they don't resolve the political crisis within 48-hours it would "announce a road map for the future". The statement comes after five ministers resigned from President Morsi's cabinet, while anti-government protesters earlier stormed the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Thousands gather for mass political protests across Egypt - 30 June 2013:
Hundreds of thousands of people have joined rival political protests across Egypt, the largest outbreak of civil unrest since President Morsi came into power a year ago. Anti-government demonstrators gathered in Cairo's Tahir Square, calling for Mr Morsi to resign, before heading to the presidential palace. Meanwhile pro-Morsi supporters have also held a number of rallies, with around 20,000 camped in the east of the capital.
Egypt set for mass rival protests - 28 June 2013:
Supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi are preparing for rival mass demonstrations in the country. Pro-Morsi rallies are expected to begin later today, two days ahead of planned anti-government protests organised by the National Salvation Front coalition.
US student killed in Alexandria - 28 June 2013:
A US student has reportedly been killed during protests in the northern city of Alexandria. A senior security official told Reuters that the man was stabbed in the chest in the Sidi Gabr Square, close to the office of the Muslim Brotherhood. At least five other people have been killed in the last few days ahead of widespread pro and anti-government protests.
Army threatens protesters ahead of mass rally - 24 June 2013:
Egypt's army chief warned yesterday that the military will intervene to stop the country descending into "uncontrollable conflict". General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's statement comes a week ahead of mass protests planned by opponents to President Morsi.
Shia Muslims killed in mob attack near Cairo - 24 June 2013:
Four Shia Muslims were killed on Sunday when they were attacked by an angry mob in a village outside Cairo. The victims had gathered for a religious ceremony in Abu Mussalam when they were surrounded by a group of several hundred people.
NGO prison sentence condemned by US - 5 June 2013:
An Egyptian court ruling that 43 NGO workers, including 16 US nationals, be sentenced to up to five years in prison has been heavily condemned by the US secretary of state John Kerry. He said the verdict "contradicts the government of Egypt's commitments to support the role of a civil society as a fundamental actor in a democracy."
Eygptian army sends reinforcements to Sinai - 21 May 2013:
The Egyptian army has sent reinforcements to the Sinai Peninsula following the abduction of six police officers and a border guard by Islamist gunmen last Thursday. The victims appeared in a video posted on Youtube yesterday, during which they urged the Egyptian government to secure their release.
Security forces kidnapped in Sinai Peninsula - 16 May 2013:
Islamist gunmen have kidnapped seven members of the Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. The group were seized as they travelled between the towns of el-Arish and Rafah in the early hours of the morning. One police officer has since been released, while the Islamists are demanding that the remaining six will be released in exchanged for jailed militants.
Security forces thwart terrorist plot against foreign embassy - 11 May 2013:
Egyptian police have thwarted a plot by an extremist cell to carry out a suicide bomb attack on a foreign embassy in Egypt. Mohammed Ibrahim, the country's interior minister, said the suspects were planning attacks in Cairo and Alexandria.
Sectarian clashes reported during Coptic funerals - 7 April 2013:
One person has died and more than 80 others wounded after sectarian violence erupted outside Cairo's main cathedral on Sunday. Mourners clashed with local residents after attending the funerals of four Coptic Christians, who had been killed during sectarian unrest in the town of El Khusus on Friday.
Deadly sectarian violence erupts outside Cairo - 5 April 2013:
At least five people have been killed and eight more wounded in clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims in the town of El Khusus, north of the capital Cairo. Local residents said the violence erupted when a group of Christian children drew graffiti on a Muslim religious institute wall. Angry Muslim residents responded by smashing Christian shops and a Coptic day care centre.
Two tourists kidnapped in Sinai peninsula - 22 March 2013:
An Israeli man and a Norwegian woman have been kidnapped by gunmen in the Sinai peninsula. The tourists were travelling between Taba and Dahab when they were seized by a group of six armed men.
Violence erupts across Egypt after riot verdicts - 09 March 2013:
At least three people have been killed in violent protesters after a court ordered death sentences on 21 football fans for their role in the Port Said riots last year. Unrest erupted in Port Said and in the capital, Cairo, where rival fans where angered that a number of defendants, including seven police officers, were acquitted by the courts.
Tourists kidnapped by Sinai tribesmen - 07 March 2013:
Two British tourists have been kidnapped by tribesmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to security sources. The victims were reportedly travelling by car from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh when they were stopped by gunmen in an isolated desert area. The kidnappers are demanding the release of four Egyptian prisoners held on arms smuggling charges.
Dozens wounded in Port Said unrest - 06 March 2013:
At least 150 people have been wounded after anti-government protesters clashed with police in Port Said. The demonstrators, who are demanding the release of prisoners, threw petrol bombs at police and set fire to a security car.
Police officer killed in Port Said clashes - 04 March 2013:
An Egyptian police officer has been killed during clashes between protesters and police in the coastal city of Port Said. More than 300 protesters were also reportedly wounded, many of them suffering from tear gas inhalation.
Egyptian journalist kidnapped in Cairo - 23 February 2013:
A journalist with the Masrawy news agency has been kidnapped from the Dar El-Salam district of Cairo, according to his family. Mohamed El-Sawy' reportedly called his girlfriend to say he had been kidnapped from a bus station in the city.
Riots erupt outside presidential palace - 11 February 2013:
Protesters have clashed with riot police outside the presidential palace in Cairo. The police fired tear gas and water cannons into the crowds which had gathered to mark the two years since Hosni Mubarak was forced from office.
Opposition calls for mass demonstration - 01 February 2013:
Egypt's opposition have called for mass demonstrations across the country following a week of deadly clashes. A founder of the April 6 youth protest movement said that protests will be held in Tahir Square and at the presidential palace in Cairo.
Army chief warns of Egypt's collapse - 29 January 2013:
The chief of Egypt's armed forces has warned that the current political crisis "could lead to a collapse of the state". General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who is also the defence minister, comes after six days of unrest during which around 50 people have been killed.
State of emergency declared - 27 January 2013:
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has announced a state of emergency in three cities following five days of unrest. Port Said, Suez and Ismalia will be subject to a 21:00 to 06:00 curfew for the next 30 days.
Rioting in Port Said leaves 30 dead - 26 January 2013:
At least 30 people have been killed in rioting sparked by a court sentencing 21 people to death in the city of Port Said. The defendants had been charged over riots which killed 74 people after a football game in the city last year.
Clashes in Egypt ahead of uprising anniversary - 24 January 2013:
Police have clashed with protesters in Tahir Square, ahead of the second anniversary of the popular uprising in the country. Opposition groups have called for mass rallies against President Mohammed Morsi, who they accuse of betraying the revolution.
Protesters clash with police in Alexandria - 20 January 2013:
Protesters have clashed with riot police in the port city of Alexandria over a trial against police officers accused of killing civilians during the 2011 uprising. The unrest started when the investigating judge said he was transferring the case to another court.
Rallies held in Cairo on eve of referendum - 14 December 2012:
Pro and anti-government factions have held rival rallies in Cairo ahead of a referendum on a draft constitution. The vote, which starts on Saturday, has deeply divided the country and led to widespread unrest.
Army given power to arrest civilians - 10 December 2012:
The Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has given the army the power to arrest civilians ahead of the controversial referendum on a new constitution. Mr Mursi has said that the move has been taken to protect the constitutional vote, however opposition groups have called for renewed protests against the referendum.
Tanks deployed to presidential palace after deadly clashes - 06 December 2012:
The Egyptian army has deployed tanks and troops to the presidential palace in Cairo following a night of deadly clashes between pro and anti-government supporters. At least five people were killed and hundreds more wounded during the unrest, which opposition groups accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of starting.
Thousands gather in Cairo for anti-Mursi rally - 30 November 2012:
Thousands of Egyptians have gathered in Cairo's Tahir Square to protest against President Mohammed Mursi and the draft constitution which his allies in the constituent assembly approved earlier on Friday. The Supreme Constitutional Court is expected to rule on Sunday whether the Islamist-dominated assembly should be dissolved.
Mass anti-Mursi rally held in Cairo - 27 November 2012:
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Cairo's Tahir Square to protest against the Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi. It is the latest in a series of anti-Mursi demonstrations since the president granted himself sweeping new powers last week.
Teenage killed in protest against Mursi decree - 25 November 2012:
A teenager has been killed and around 40 other people wounded after a group of protesters tried to storm the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood. The unrest was sparked by President Mursi's decree which issued him with sweeping new powers, which he has since said are only temporary.
Mursi decree grants sweeping powers - 23 November 2012:
Egypt's President Mursi has issued a decree which grants him sweeping new powers, leading to opposition groups calling for mass protests and accusing Mr. Mursi of making himself a "new pharaoh." The decree states the president's decisions cannot be challenged by any authority, while also providing legal protection to the upper house of parliament.
Cairo clashes leave dozens injured - 20 November 2012:
At least 61 people have been injured in clashes between protesters and police in Egypt's capital, Cairo. The unrest began on Monday on the anniversary of the "Mohamed Mahmoud" riots which left more than 40 people dead in 2011.
Egypt increase military presence at Israel border - 15 November 2012:
Egypt is reportedly increasing its military presence in the Sinai Peninsula along the border with Israel. The move comes amid increasing clashes between the Israeli security forces and Hamas militants based in Gaza. Meanwhile Egypt's Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, have said that the country would no longer stand by as Israel attacked Palestinians.
Militants shoot dead three troops in Sinai - 03 November 2012:
Three members of Egypt's security forces have been shot dead by militants in the restive Sinai peninsula. The troops were killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on their car in the suburbs of El -Arish.
Increased terror threat in Sinai Peninsula - 25 September 2012:
Egypt's security forces have been put on high alert in the Sinai Peninsula ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival. There are fear that terrorist groups are planning attacks during the festival, which begins on Friday.
Egypt border clash leaves four dead - 21 September 2012:
An Israeli soldier and three militants have been killed during a clash at Israel's southern border with Egypt. According to an Israeli army spokesman the militants opened fire on the soldiers after crossing the border from Sinai.
Sinai security HQ attacked by militants - 16 September 2012:
An Egyptian soldier has been killed during a clash between security forces and militants in the Sinai Peninsula. The militants attacked the security headquarters in al-Arish with RPGs and mortar fire.
Anti-US protest turns violent in Cairo - 14 September 2012:
An anti-US protest has erupted in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, leading to clashes with demonstrators and riot police. At least six police officers have been wounded in the protest outside the US embassy, which was sparked by a controversial film which mocks the Prophet Muhammad.
Sinai crackdown leaves 32 dead - 08 September 2012:
Egyptian armed forces have killed 32 suspected criminals in ongoing military operations in the Sinai peninsula. According to a military spokesman they have also made 38 arrests and destroyed 31 smuggling tunnels on the border with the Gaza Strip.
Government retires 70 army generals - 02 September 2012:
A total of 70 army generals have been retired by the Egyptian government, another signal of President Mursi asserting his authority over the army. Six of the generals will retain their positions in the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
Libyan armed forces close border with Egypt - 16 August 2012:
Libya's armed forces have closed the border with Egypt after a border guard was killed at the Amsad crossing during a gunfight with a group of suspected people traffickers. A large deployment of Libyan troops have been dispatched to the area.
Suspected militants killed in Sinai peninsula - 12 August 2012:
At least six suspected militants have been killed during military operations in the Sinai peninsula. The raids took place in a remote village near al-Arish town in the north of the region.
Police officers killed in Sinai - 05 August 2012:
At least 15 Egyptian police officers have been killed in an attack by armed men in north Sinai. Egyptian state television claimed that Islamic fighters had carried out the attack.
Sectarian clashes reported outside Cairo - 01 August 2012:
Sectarian clashes have been reported in Giza Governorate to the south of Cairo after a local Muslim man was apparently killed by a Christian last week. An unconfirmed number of injuries have been reported as a group of armed men clashed in the village of Dahshour.
Tensions mount between president and army - 09 July 2012:
Egypt's new president, Mohammed Mursi, has ordered the Egyptian parliament to reconvene despite the army's decision to dissolve parliament in June. It is likely to be the first in a series of confrontations between Mursi and the ruling military council as both vie for power.
Muslim Brotherhood's Mursi elected president - 24 June 2012:
The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi has been declared Egypt's first democratically elected leader. He won 51.73% of the vote in last week's run-off against former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.
Thousands join protest against army generals - 22 June 2012:
Thousands of people have joined a mass protests against the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Cairo's Tahir Square. The ruling military council recently dissolved parliament and granted itself emergency legislative powers.
Muslim Brotherhood plan march against army - 19 June 2012:
The Muslim Brotherhood is planning to take part in protests against the ruling military council and the new interim constitution. Over the weekend the army dissolved the parliament and granted itself emergency legislative powers.
Army grants itself sweeping powers - 18 June 2012:
The Egyptian army has granted itself sweeping powers in a new interim constitutional declaration, which opposition groups are calling a military coup. The ruling military council has promised to hand power over to an elected president by the end of June, with the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi claiming victory.
Deadly clash at Israel-Egypt border leaves four dead - 18 June 2012:
An Israeli construction worker and three Egyptian militants have been killed during a clash in southern Israel. The Israeli military have said that the militants opened fire a convoy of construction workers, before Israeli troops returned fire.
Mubarak sentenced to life imprisonment - 02 June 2012:
Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt, has been sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the deaths of protesters during last year's uprising. Former Interior Ministry Habib al-Adly also received a life sentence for his role in the violence.
Sohag clashes leave 20 injured - 30 May 2012:
Twenty people have been wounded after violent clashes erupted between rival political supporters in Sohag. Four shops were also destroyed in the unrest, which started when supporters of Mohamed Mursi ripped down posters of Ahmed Shafiq in the town.
Eleven killed in Cairo protests - 02 May 2012:
At least 11 people have been killed and up to 100 other injured after unknown assailants attacked a group of protesters in Cairo. Similar attacks have been reported in recent week, and there are suggestions that the attackers were hired by the government to break up and protests in the city.
Dozens injured in Cairo clashes - 29 April 2012:
At least 90 people have been injured after protesters were attacked by a group of armed men in Cairo. The identities of the attackers is not known, however the army and police did not attempt to stop the violence.
Two shot dead in Suez protests - 03 February 2012:
Two people have been shot dead during further civil unrest in the city of Suez. Large protests have been taking place throughout Egypt's major cities following the deaths of 74 people at a football match in Port Said.
Dozens killed in football stadium rioting - 01 February 2012:
At least 73 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds more injured after rioting broke at football stadium between rival supporters in the city of Port Said. After the match the fans of al-Masry invaded the pitch and attacked the opposition team and their supporters.
French national shot dead in Sharm el-Sheikh - 30 January 2012:
A French man has been killed after armed robbers raided a currency exchange office in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. A German national and two Egyptians were also wounded in the attack.
Protesters clash with army in Cairo - 16 December 2011:
Protesters have clashed with army troops in the capital, Cairo, leaving at least one protester dead and dozens more injured. The demonstrators threw stones and police, who responded by firing water cannons at the crowd.
Tahrir Square death toll rises following bloody weekend - 21 November 2011:
Fresh violence has erupted in Cairo's Tahrir Square between protesters and riot police, threatening the parliamentary elections scheduled for next week. At least 33 people are reported to have been killed over the weekend, with around 1,500 more injured.
Violent protests erupt in Cairo - 19 November 2011:
Egyptian riot police have clashed with protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, leaving at least one person dead and hundreds injured. The violence erupted when police dismantled a camp setup by demonstrators, and comes ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in nine days time.
Deadly clashes leave 24 dead in Cairo - 10 October 2011:
At least 24 people have been killed and dozens more injured in clashes between Coptic Christians and military police in central Cairo. The unrest was sparked by an attack on a Coptic church in Aswan last week.
Hundreds injured in mass Cairo protest - 10 September 2011:
Hundreds of protesters have been injured following clashes with security forces in Egypt's capital, Cairo. The demonstrators had earlier broken into the Israeli embassy in the city before violence erupted outside of the building.
Clashes erupt as Mubarak trial resumes - 05 September 2011:
Supporters and opponents of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's ousted president, have clashed near a Cairo courtroom ahead of the resumption of his trial. Around a dozen people were injured in the clashes and police made a number of arrests.
Thousands gather in Tahrir Square - 08 July 2011:
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to call for faster political reform in the country. The demonstrators claim that the interim government is failing to progress at a fast enough pace following the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February.
Gas pipeline blown up in Sinai - 04 July 2011:
Unknown attackers have blown up a pipeline in the Sinai peninsula carrying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan. The blast occurred at a pumping station at Nagah in the Bir Abdu region of the country.
Dozens injured in fresh Tahrir Square clashes - 29 June 2011:
Clashes between protester and security forces in Cairo's Tahrir Square have left more than 40 people with serious injuries. Riot police fired tear gas at the crowds in the most violent unrest since Hosni Mubarak was forced from office in February 2011.
Gunmen kill police officers in Sinai - 22 June 2011:
Two police officers have been killed and two others injured following an attack by unknown gunmen in the town of Al-Arish in north Sinai.
Christians protest following sectarian attacks - 09 May 2011:
Coptic Christians have been protesting near Tahrir Square in Cairo following a series of clashes with Muslim groups over the weekend which have left 12 people dead.
Sectarian clashes leave 10 dead - 08 May 2011:
Muslims and Coptic Christians have clashed in Cairo, leaving 10 people dead more than 100 injured. Egyptian security forces have arrested 186 people and the country's prime minister has called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the violence.
Clashes erupt in Tahrir Square - 09 April 2011:
Thousands of protesters have gathered in Tahrir Square to demand for faster reforms and for the resignation of the defense minister. There have been reports of soldiers beating protesters and thousands remain in military custody for their alleged involvement in the unrest.
Bomb explodes near Pyramids - 06 April 2011:
A small device has exploded near the pyramids in the outskirts of Cairo, seriously injuring three people. No group has claimed responsibilty for the attack.
Hosni Mubarak resigns as president of Egypt - 11 February 2011:
Hosni Mubarak has resigned as president of Egypt after 18 days of mass protest against his leadership. Vice-President Omar Suleiman announced on national television that power had been handed to the military.
Anti-Mubarak protests continue in Cairo - 08 February 2011:
Thousands of anti-Mubarak protesters have again gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square today to call for the president to resign. There were also similar protests in Egypt's second largest city, Alexandria, despite a number of concessions announced by the government.
Thousands attend 'day of departure' rally in Cairo - 04 February 2011:
Tens of thousands of people are taking part in a 'day of departure' rally in Cairo's Tahir Square in a further attempt to oust President Mubarak from office. The president has indicated that he wants to leave, but he believes that his departure would leave the country in crisis.
Pro and anti-Mubarak protesters clash in Cairo - 03 February 2011:
Groups of pro and anti-Mubarak protesters have been involved in violent clashes in Tahir Square in Egypt's capital, Cairo. A number of people have been injured in the clashes and gunfire has been heard in the area.
Mubarak fails to appease protesters - 02 February 2011:
Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak, has failed to appease the thousands of anti-government protesters with his announcement that he will only leave office after elections in September. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Egypt's major cities yesterday calling for Mubarak to surrender power immediately.
Pressure continues to grow on Mubarak - 31 January 2011:
Demonstrations in Egypt have continued for a seventh day, with plans for a mass demonstration in Cairo on Tuesday aimed at forcing President Mubarak from power. At least 125 people have been killed in the violence so far.
Thousands continue to protest despite government crackdown - 28 January 2011:
Thousands of anti-government protesters have continued demonstrating despite the government warning that they would use "decisive measures" to deal with the unrest. In Suez one protester is reported to have been killed in clashes with police and there has been widespread disruption to internet and mobile phone services.
Unrest continues as protesters burn down police post - 27 January 2011:
Continued civil unrest in Egypt has seen further clashes between police and protesters throughout the country. In the eastern city of Suez protesters set fire to a police post using petrol bombs.
Protesters clash with Egyptian police - 25 January 2011:
Anti-government protesters have clashed with police in Cairo after calling for President Hosni Mubarak to resign. The demonstrations are reminiscent of those in Tunisia's current 'Jasmine Revolution' which has led to the resignation of it's former president, Zine Al Abedine Ben Ali.
Egyptian sets himself on fire - 17 January 2011:
An Egyptian man has set himself on fire outside of the parliament building in Cairo. This act of self-immolations comes after similar incidents in Tunisia and Algeria, which in the former country sparked widespread civil unrest and the resignation of the Tunisian president.
Tensions in lead up to Coptic Christmas - 04 January 2011:
Security remains heightened especially in and near places of worship following the explosion in Alexandria on 1 January when 21 people were killed. Large numbers continued to clash with Police demanding protection as the Coptic Christmas celebrations approach (7 January).
Car bomb kills twenty-one outside church - 01 January 2011:
A car bomb exploded outside a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria has left 21 people dead and at least 70 injured. Terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda are believed to be responsible for the attack.
Police clash with Coptic Christians - 24 November 2010:
Police have clashed with Coptic Christians over the construction of a new church in Cairo's Giza district. One person is reported to have been killed and dozens more injured in the clashes.
Political tensions high before parliamentary elections - 22 November 2010:
The main opposition party in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, claim more than 1,000 of its supporters have been arrested following a number of clashes and protests over the last few days.