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Violence in the Sinai Peninsula is growing and turning into a full-fledged insurgence as jihadi groups mount Al-Qaeda style suicide attacks, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The article notes that the beginning of these attacks can be traced back to the election of Mohammed Morsi, the first elected president after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. After Morsi was elected, he created ties with Islamists and supported them by pardoning several jihadists that were in jail.

Since Morsi was removed from office, these groups have increased their attacks which have prompted current military-backed government to crackdown on these militants.  Of interest in the article was that some leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood have said the attacks would cease if Morsi is reinstated as president.

AP report that these attacks could provide more evidence in the prosecution against Morsi who is already on trial for inciting murder of protesters in December by Islamists.

You can find more about what is going on in Egypt from our event yesterday with Dr Mona Makram-Ebeid.

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