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Another explosion hits Egypt-Israel-Jordan gas pipeline

16 April 2012

An explosion has hit the Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan on Monday for the 14th time since the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, security sources have said. The blast took place early on April 9 in the northern Sinai at the entrance of the coastal town of Al-Arish. The pipeline has been shut since an explosion on 5 February.

An earlier attack on the pipeline near Al-Arish
An earlier attack on the pipeline near Al-Arish

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks on the installation that crosses the increasingly volatile Sinai Peninsula. Security in Sinai was relaxed after the fall of Mubarak in 2011 as the police presence thinned out across Egypt.

Egypt's 20-year gas deal with Israel, signed in the Mubarak era, is unpopular with some Egyptians, with critics accusing Israel of not paying enough for the fuel.

Previous explosions sometimes have forced shutdowns lasting weeks of the pipeline run by Gasco, a subsidiary of the Egyptian national gas company Egas.

Egypt said in November it would tighten security along the pipeline by installing alarms and recruiting security patrols from Bedouin tribesmen in the area.

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