Blast hits Egyptian gas pipeline to Israel: Report
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 12:34
Cairo: A pipeline delivering gas from Egypt to Israel targeted several times this year by saboteurs was hit by an explosion overnight, Egyptian security sources said Tuesday.

The blast happened in the region near the town of al-Arish in the north of the Sinai peninsula, said the source, who did not report any casualties.

Although the cause of this latest explosion has not yet been established, Israel's supply of gas from Egypt has been regularly disrupted since Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.

The pipeline, which carries gas through the Sinai and on to Jordan and Israel, has been blown up at least four times in recent months by unknown attackers.

Army experts have also located and defused a number of other devices targeting the pipeline.

The latest blast comes against a background of rising tension between Egypt and Israel. Earlier this month, Egyptian troops had to intervene after a mob attacked the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

On Friday, Israeli units deployed along the southern border with Egypt were ordered on "high alert" for fear of a "terrorist attack", an army spokeswoman said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has in recent weeks repeatedly warned Israelis to avoid travelling to Egypt.


First Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 12:34

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