Egypt tightens security, fearing Hizbullah will attack to avenge arrests

April 16, 2009 12:58


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Egyptian security forces have heightened the level of alert throughout the country and surrounding Egyptian embassies in fear that Hizbullah will try to carry out attacks to avenge the recent arrest of 49 of its agents by Cairo, Israel Radio reported on Thursday. Egypt fears Hizbullah terror cells will be instructed to attack Egyptian targets amid the growing tensions between Cairo and the Lebanese terror group following actions taken by Egypt against Hizbullah operatives in the country, the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted an official from the Egyptian parliament as saying. Earlier this week, Egyptian MPs called to put Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on trial for encouraging "terror activities in an attempt to destabilize the [Egyptian] state."

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