NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Israel sent two additional warships on Tuesday to its Red Sea border with Egypt following warnings that militants were planning to attack southern Israel from Egypt.

Israeli military officials said intelligence surfaced on Monday of a viable terror threat to Israel from the Egyptian border, which forced Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz to dispatch military into the area.

Israel's home front minister said on Tuesday that the militants are from the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad, according to the

Associated Press

.

Gunmen killed eight Israelis in early August after they penetrated a section of the Egyptian Sinai border, the

AP

said.

--Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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