At least four people have died in Egypt after clashes between the military and Islamists, Supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi continue to demand his return to office and that the military quit politics.
Seventeen people have been sentenced to life for their involvement in deadly unrest when then-General el-Sissi announced his presidential bid. Now Egypt's president, he has warned against challenging his grasp on power.
An Egyptian court has fined former President Mohammed Morsi and sentenced him to three years in prison. Separately, human rights lawyer and activist Mahinour el-Masry was given a two-year prison sentence.
The operation targets militants in the North Sinai province, which has borne the brunt of the extremist violence. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi asked the military to "use all necessary force" to end jihadi attacks.
Moussa Mustafa Moussa, the head of Egypt's liberal Ghad party, is set challenge President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in March's presidential election. Moussa's candidacy is not expected to dent el-Sissi's chances of victory.
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