It is now coming out that president Morsi was attempting to launch a coup against the Egyptian military, to bring the military under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood and that senior army figures rejected the Morsi coup, and backed by not Muslim Brotherhood political parties including other Islamist party’s, moved against Morsi to prevent Egypt from becoming fully controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Morsi and the Brotherhood had been listening in on top leaders of the armed forces, and in particular the commander of the Republican Guard, who he wanted to dismiss.
It has also been revealed that Egypt’s military had Egyptian intelligence monitoring phone calls between members of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership and the presidential palace, uncovering a plan to remove the commander of the Egyptian armed forces and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Egyptian intelligence informed Sisi of what was observed and he ordered that the matter be kept secret.
The sources also said that the president tried to create a split within the army by contacting military leaders, without Sisi’s knowledge, to find someone to replace him who would be a Brotherhood personality.
The Egyptian Republican Guard refused to implement a plan by former president Mohamed Morsi to remove key members of the military leadership, according to military sources quoted by the Egyptian El-Watan newspaper on Sunday.
Morsi even resorted to contacting ex-army commander Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in an effort to get rid of Sisi, but he did not comply. Morsi then asked the head of the Republican Guard to arrest prominent figures: Judges, members of the media and members of the opposition – but the commander refused to carry out the orders.
Although the army has sealed at least 50 tunnels in the past two weeks, hundreds remain open and active under the border between Egypt and Gaza. Large numbers of Hamas and Salafi extremists are infiltrating Egyptian Sinai to attack Egyptian military outposts and Israeli Intelligence is expecting imminent attacks on Israel.
Yesterday Israeli pm Netanyahu emphatically warned Israeli’s vacationing at South Sinai beaches to return to Israel immediately, and southern Israel is on its highest state of alert for expected attacks.
Israel has been preparing the public for a invasion of Gaza with multiple senior politicians calling for just such and invasion. The latest is Avigdor Lieberman chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu portion of the Likud Beiteinu party. MK Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said Saturday that if he were prime minister, he’d order the IDF to conquer Gaza. Speaking on Voice of Israel radio, Lieberman said that there is “a dubious quiet” in Gaza at the moment, which is being used by Hamas for building its power.
A senior Egyptian official told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper on Saturday that at least 150 Izz a-Din al-Qassam operatives – members of the Gaza-based Hamas military wing – were seen heading into Sinai via the tunnels.
Egyptian army forces also told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency that 14 members of jihad groups were arrested in Sinai on Sunday during an operation in El-Arish.
Armed Morsi supporters also kidnaped two soldiers in Cairo, according to the state news agency MENA, quoting an army official. Both were dragged into a vehicle and forced to make pro-Morsi and anti-army statements via a loudspeaker, the official said.
Egypt’s prosecutor’s office has decided to shut down the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party in central Cairo after discovering weapons, helmets and acid in the site.
In further violence, at least one Egyptian soldier was killed Monday in an attack on an Egyptian army outpost near the El Arish beach in northern Sinai, according to Ma’an. Terrorists opened fire at a security checkpoint, where Abed al-Wahid al-Sayd was shot in the head by a sniper, a security source told the Palestinian Authority-linked news outlet. The source said it was likely the terrorists belonged to a jihadist organization.
Three security checkpoints and a police station were also attacked on Monday, leaving 22-year-old police officer Samih Mohammad with a gunshot wound in the leg. One of the terrorist groups fired a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) towards El-Arish in a ten-minute firefight.