Attack on Egyptian gas pipeline cuts off supply to Jordan and Israel
Egypt gas pipeline faces third attack since February
July 5, 2011 12:05 am EDT
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In what has cut gas supplies to Israel and Jordan, an Egyptian gas pipeline was bombed on Monday in the Sinai peninsula – a third such attack since February. No casualties have been reported so far.
The authorities believed that the saboteurs remotely activated the bomb, which they believed had been kept in a car that was parked near the pipeline in the Bir al-Abd area minutes before the incident.
Denouncing the incident, North Sinai Governor Abdel Wahab Mabrouk said that this act of terrorism was aimed at jeopardizing Sinai’s stability and security.
Later the authorities discovered a second device, which was handed over to army, Egyptian Natural Gas Company’s (GASCO) head Magdi Tawfiq said.
Tawfiq said that the emergency services immediately controlled the fire, adding that a committee was already formed to investigate the matter. "The company will work to fix the pipeline in Sinai as soon as the fire is completely out," he said. The flames reached as high as 32 feet, said witnesses.
An Israeli official condemned the attack and said that this incident would not affect its domestic power supply. National Infrastructures Ministry spokeswoman Maya Etzioni said that Israel would manage even without gas supply from Egypt for a short period with their alternative solutions and supplies. Israeli uses Egyptian natural gas to produce electricity.
Previously attackers sabotaged pipeline in Al-Sabil area of north Sinai on April 27, which ended up in cutting off international supplies.
Authorities foiled an attack attempt in March, which happened just days after attackers bombed a sector of the pipeline in Lihfren town.
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