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Five people sentenced to death for pipeline explosion in Egypt

30 March 2020

A criminal court in Egypt has sentenced five people to death for their role in an oil pipeline explosion that killed nine people and injured 13. The explosion in November 2019 happened near Itay al-Baroud in the northern province of Bahira, a village located halfway between Cairo and Alexandria. The pipeline transports oil between the two cities.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

Five more people who were involved in the illegal siphoning of fuel from the pipeline each received 25 years in jail.
The group had rented a property in October 2019 that was situated next to the pipeline running between Cairo and Alexandria. The men dug underneath the pipeline and installed smaller pipes in order to steal fuel. 
On November 13, the group ruptured the pipeline, causing a leak and fire that killed nine people and injured 13.

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