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Egypt-Israel pipeline hit again

03 May 2011

Saboteurs blew up a gas pipeline running through Egypt’s North Sinai, the same pipeline that was attacked by rebels during the unrest. A security official said the bomb was activated remotely at a gas metering station shooting up flames as high as 20 metres from the ruptured pipeline.

The attack, which took place at dawn near the village of Al-Sabil in the El-Arish region, caused the operator to be suspended, cutting supplies to Israel and Jordan. Egyptian national gas company Gasco, had started its standard shutdown procedure, affecting gas transportation throughout the Sinai Peninsula and gas supply to Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Gasco said it is yet to determine the extent of the damage and the estimated repair period. Egypt supplies about 40 per cent of Israel's natural gas for power generation while Jordan imports around 240 million cubic feet of Egyptian gas a day, or 80 per cent of its electricity needs. An earlier attack on the same pipeline was staged on February 5 during an 18-day-uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power on February 11.

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