At least thirty-two people, including civilians, were killed, and more than 100 wounded Thursday when a series of militant attacks struck North Sinai. In a Twitter account linked to the Islamic State group's Egyptian affiliate, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, claimed the simultaneous attacks. According to initial reports, car bombs and mortar rounds targeted an army base, eight checkpoints, an army-owned hotel, and a police club.
The Socialist Popular Alliance Party decided to suspend participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections, until five "urgent" demands are met. These demands include the dismissal of Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, the rebuilding and restructuring of the police forces, the modification of the protest law, the release of all political prisoners, and guarantees that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be free and fair.
Human rights groups and NGOs condemned the lack of transparency and violations related to the illegal detention of protesters, and restrictions on lawyers who tried to represent them. The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) issued a report Tuesday criticizing the lack of clarity on the number of arrests on January 25, and the whereabouts of arrested protesters.