Egypt has moved about 800 troops into the Sinai peninsula to beef up security after getting "permission from Israel", Israeli officials said on Monday.
The forces have been deployed around the southern Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, one official said.
The vast wedge of desert between Israel and Egypt is largely demilitarised under the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries.
Israel Radio said "Israel is looking the other way" as Egypt positions forces in the Sinai to try to make sure the situation doesn't get out of hand there.
Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace deal with Israel, in 1979 while it still keeps occupation of Palestinian lands. Under the terms of the treaty, Israel withdrew forces from the Sinai, but Egypt was forced to get permission from Israel to deploy troops on its border.
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