The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief the media.
Homosexuality is highly taboo in Egypt among Muslims and Christians alike, but it is not explicitly prohibited by law. In practice, authorities prosecute individuals under such charges as "immorality" and "debauchery.
The latest crackdown was in response to the raising of the LGBT rainbow flag during a recent concert in Cairo.
The crackdown has been condemned by international rights groups.
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