Egyptian security forces began taking extra precautions against terror attacks along the Suez Canal in the wake of political unrest in Egypt, Al-Ahram reported on Sunday.
The newspaper quoted Egyptian security sources as saying they received information that large numbers of Hizbullah and Hamas operatives intended to infiltrate Egypt in order to commit acts of sabotage.
The source added that security forces were tightening inspection procedures on the Suez Canal ferry and closing down a bridge across the waterway.
According to the report, the explosion at a gas terminal in El-Arish on Saturday contributed to the increased state of alert. Gas company officials said that the explosion was caused by a gas leak, contradicting earlier reports that the incident was a terrorist attack.