Egyptian officials said on Monday that they are tracking a cell of 10 Hizballah agents they believe are planning to attack Israelis vacationing in the Sinai Peninsula, a popular destination during the week-long Passover holiday.
The Associated Press cited the unnamed officials as saying the terrorists, all of whom are believed to be Lebanese, are receiving aid and shelter from local Bedouin tribes.
The news follows an announcement by Egypt late last week that it had captured 49 suspected Hizballah agents that were conspiring to attack Israelis and destabilize the Egyptian government.
The suspected terrorists are all scheduled to go on trial shortly.
The arrests sparked a war of words between Egypt and Hizballah. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak insisted that he will not allow the Iranian-backed terrorist organization to turn Egypt into southern Lebanon, and the Egyptian media has for days been denouncing Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah and comparing him to a monkey.