Egyptian military on high alert in Sinai

March 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

CAIRO, March 9 (UPI) -- Egyptian soldiers have been put on high alert after military authorities received information terrorist attacks were being planned in Sinai, officials said.

"The Armed Forces received information about the intention of some elements to conduct terrorist attacks in Sinai against the army and the police," a military official whose name was not reported told al-Masry al-Youm

The official said the alert had nothing to do with a warning Israel issued recently, cautioning Israelis against traveling to Sinai before the Passover holiday and urging all Israelis in that area to return to Israel as soon as possible.

Military commanders have deployed soldiers to posts along some highways in Sinai and added border patrol forces on the border with Gaza and Israel, the official said.

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