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Egyptian police found 900 kilograms of explosives on Wednesday near the border with Gaza and also detained three Palestinian youths on suspicion of crossing illegally into Egypt, security sources said.

Officers said they found the TNT explosives hidden in 18 sacks near the border with Gaza. Police detained the three Palestinians, aged 16 to 18, in a dawn raid in the town of Sheikh Zweid, near the border with Gaza, the sources said.

On Tuesday, Egypt tightened security on its border with Israel to prevent illegal crossings after authorities detained 25 men Egypt said were linked to the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah and who were plotting attacks in Egypt.

A prosecutor's statement has said 49 men are wanted in the alleged Hezbollah plot, which state media said was intended to target Israelis and Egyptians.

Egypt's Sinai Peninsula is a popular tourist destination for Israelis and Egyptian media have suggested the group aimed to target resorts frequented by Israelis.