Security are on heightened alert in the strategic Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel after they were tipped off that jihadist groups will attack police institutions.
Egypt's interior ministry has raised the state of emergency in northern and southern Sinai, General Osama Ismail, assistant to the interior minister in Sinai, quotes MENA, the official state news agency on Saturday.
Ismail says that security forces received information that jihadist groups intend to launch attacks on police institutions in the strategic peninsula.
He also assures that the ministry continues to work with tribal leaders in Sinai to maintain security.
The Sinai has been home to several jihadist groups and has seen several attacks on police and security forces in the past years.