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Twenty-three Egyptian human rights organizations submitted a memo to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Thursday criticizing recent steps taken by the Ministry of Social Solidarity against non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The statement condemned a new draft bill regulating civil society in Egypt, as well as a recent notification giving NGOs a 45 day deadline to register with the ministry.

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Egypt's army prevented an aid convoy of medical supplies from crossing the border to the Palestinian Gaza Strip on Thursday, the popular campaign to support Gaza has said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Egyptian military intelligence services allowed another aid convoy to support Gaza to pass through one of the checkpoints en route to the Palestinian strip, after it was halted briefly at Ismailia.

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As the deadliest conflict seen in Gaza in the past five years rages on, Egypt has made attempts to resume its role as mediator between the Israeli and Palestinian authorities. A ceasefire proposal was announced on July 14, which was consequently accepted by Israel but rejected by Hamas. While the Egyptian initiative has received international backing from the United States, the United Nations, and other Middle Eastern and European nations, Hamas has continued to cling to its demands, which include the opening of the Rafah border crossing. Turkey and Qatar have also been working on a ceasefire initiative of their own, one that will cater more to Hamas’ demands, but one that will also not likely be accepted by the Israelis.

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Military spokesperson Mohamed Samir revealed in a statement on Tuesday the details of primary investigations into the killing of 22 Egyptian border guards in a deadly attack last Saturday.

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Contrary to regimes in other Arab states in the Levant and the Gulf, the Egyptian government has never undermined Arab identity by spreading ideas of a dichotomy between Sunni and Shiite, of a conflict between Sunni-dominated areas and those living in the Shiite crescent, or of a conflict between Arabs and non-Arabs living in the region. The Egyptian government has never approached regional conflicts and crises along sectarian, ideological, racial, or tribal lines. It has never marginalized the national ties which hold the community together in the “nation state” in favor of sectarian, ideological, racial, or tribal loyalties.

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The US and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.

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Catch up on the latest out of Egypt every week, with analysis, news updates, photos, videos, and more.

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Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border guard post Saturday in Egypt's western desert in an assault that killed 21 troops deployed in the province along the border with neighboring Libya.

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On Thursday night, the Israel Defense Forces launched a ground offensive on the Gaza Strip following the Israeli Security Cabinet’s approval. The decision came “after Israel agreed to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, whereas Hamas rejected the ceasefire proposal and continued firing rockets at Israeli cities,” according to a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.

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Egypt's foreign minister accused Qatar, Turkey, and Hamas on Thursday of conspiring to undermine Cairo's efforts to bring about a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel in Gaza, Egypt's state news agency reported.

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