Tuesday morning the state’s flagship paper, Al-Ahram, leads with, “Presidency denies putting Tantawi and Anan under house arrest.” The government mouthpiece stated that Yasser Ali, the presidency’s spokesperson, said both generals are completely respected; and added that these decisions aim at pumping new blood into the army institution. He concluded that both generals were appointed to the president's staff. Ali said that both Tantawi and Anan were informed of the decision on Saturday before it was aired to the public.
President Morsy, in a meeting with new Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Ettehadiya Presidential Palace in Heliopolis stressed the importance of improving soldiers' living conditions and morale. The president also praised the armed forces and its role in the current democratic transformation.
On a different note, Al-Ahram writes, “Rafah assailants are ex-convicts and fugitives;” Minister of Interior Ahmed Gamal Eddin announced the identity of some of the Rafah gunmen arrested recently. He said that one was released from jail and the others escaped prison during the revolution. Gamal Eddin denied that any were among political prisoners released by President Morsy. He added that security checkpoints on the border were able to target two groups of assailants, the first in Kharrouba and the second near Shabana. Five of the gunmen were killed during the attack. Al-Ahram listed their names as Hatem from Cairo, Yehia from Gharbiya, Mohamed from Sinai, Mohamed S. from Mahalla and Mohamed M. from Palestine.
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