Jihadists attacked the Egyptian security headquarters in northern Sinai ostensibly using an American-made ballistic missile, Egypt’s interior ministry said early Monday morning.
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the ministry said the missile, which it said was made by the US, hit the third floor of the building in the city of el-Arish on Sunday evening, injuring three soldiers. Photos of the missile’s tail posted on the Facebook page reveal a small plaque reading “guided missile surface attack.” The missile was reportedly 168 centimeters (66 inches) long, 25 centimeters (10 inches) wide, and fired from “a great distance.”
The ministry did not specify what kind of missile it was.
Egypt has been waging a military campaign to eradicate terrorist cells across Sinai since jihadists attacked a military outpost in el-Arish in July 2011, killing six Egyptian soldiers. The operation was widened following the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi on July 3. Since Saturday, the army has been focusing its efforts on northern Sinaiin a 48-hour operation dubbed Desert Storm. A total of 17 members of the security forces and at least five civilians have been killed in the area since the July 3 overthrow.
Egyptian security apprehended three suspects in the area surrounding the security building, including one Palestinian citizen, following the attack. The army also engaged two cars driven by gunmen, causing unknown injuries to their passengers, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Monday that one Egyptian soldier was killed and eight wounded in a gunfire attack against an army base in the Egyptian city of Rafah.
On July 27, at least 150 people were killed and scores of others injured in clashes during rival demonstrations by supporters and opponents of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi across the country."
“We call for a million person march under the banner of ‘Martyrs of the Coup’ on Tuesday,” said the Anti-Coup Alliance of Islamist Groups in a statement issued on Monday.
The groups organizing the pro-Morsi protests demanded that the demonstrators march on security administration buildings throughout Egypt to condemn the “criminal acts and the firing of live ammunition by the interior ministry at peaceful demonstrators.”
They also asked Egyptians to go out into the streets and squares, to “regain their freedom and dignity – that are being usurped by the bloody coup – and for the rights of the martyrs assassinated by its bullets.”
The call comes as Morsi’s supporters continued their march on the military intelligence headquarters in Cairo amid a looming state of emergency by the army.
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Murad Ali said in the early hours of Monday that the demonstrators had set off from Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque in the north of the capital.
The army warned the Morsi supporters “not to come close to military facilities in general, and the headquarters of military intelligence specifically.”
On Sunday, interim President Adli Mansour granted new emergency powers to Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi.
Egypt’s National Defense council has warned that security forces will take “decisive action” if protesters “exceed their rights to peaceful, responsible expression of their opinions.”
Tension has intensified in Egypt since the head of Egypt’s armed forces, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, announced on July 3 that Morsi was no longer in office. He also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.
On July 27, at least 150 people were killed and scores of others injured in clashes during rival demonstrations by supporters and opponents of Morsi across the country.
The United Nations has strongly condemned the upsurge of violence in Egypt.
Egypt: One Soldier Killed, Eight Injured in Attack On Sinai Military Camp
29 JULY 2013
One soldier was killed and eight were injured in the most recent attack on a military camp early Monday in Northern Sinai’s Rafah, security sources said.
Army conscript Mohamed Mahmoud Ali, 22, was shot in the head with life ammunition in an attack by unknown gunmen.
On Sunday, unknown assailants opened fire on a Central Security checkpoint in Arish, causing no causalities.
At least 22 people have been killed while 130 were wounded in armed attacks in the Sinai Peninsula since the army’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3 following mass anti-regime demonstrations.
Since Mursi was ousted, reports of armed attacks in the Sinai Peninsula have increased.
NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured images of a massive hole in the Sun’s corona a few weeks ago. Numerous cameras and telescopes trained on the Sun have been recording similar holes ever since.
The hole showed up in early July and crossed the side of the Sun that was facing Earth around the middle of the month. It was so large that it covered nearly a quarter of the Sun’s visible disk.
These holes open up in the corona due to changes in the Sun’s magnetic field and they allow streams of fast-moving solar particles to escape into the solar wind. Coronal holes are nothing unusual. They happen most often towards the minimum of the sun’s 11-year cycle and decrease in number towards the cycle’s maximum (predicted for later this year).
The reason why the hole shows up as a dark region (when the Sun is always so bright) is because it’s much cooler than the surrounding material. The image shows temperatures right around two million degrees Kelvin, with hotter temperatures showing up very bright (like in the active regions scattered about), and cooler temperatures showing up darker. Of course, you still wouldn’t want to touch those darker regions. As with everything, temperatures on the Sun are all relative, and temperatures in those darker regions are still up in the hundreds of thousands of degrees, and possibly up to a million degrees or more.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was watching too, and it recorded these images, which were strung together into a time-lapse video:
This wasn’t the only coronal hole going on at the time, either. As this large hole tracked its way towards the other side of the Sun, SDO saw a smaller hole open up at the Sun’s equator:
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The reason why these coronal holes open up is still a mystery. However, with missions like SOHO, SDO and NASA’s new Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), that launched in late June, multiple eyes are always trained on the Sun. With more of these amazing images beaming back to us here on Earth, and IRIS providing even higher resolution than we’ve seen so far, we can’t be too far from figuring out the the answers to these stellar riddles.
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