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Monday, July 04, 2011

And again: Explosion in Egypt-Israel gas pipeline

For the third time since February there has been an explosion and fire on the gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel. Once again, the cause is likely sabotage.
Saboteurs blew up a pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan on Monday, forcing a shutdown in the flow of gas, Egyptian security sources said.

The explosion took place in the early morning at a station along the pipeline in the northern Sinai Peninsula at Bir Abd, 60 km east of the Suez Canal, the sources said.

It was the third attack since early February on the pipeline, which supplies natural gas to Israel and Jordan, local cement plants and a power station.

A security source said men with machine guns in a small truck forced guards at the station to leave, then planted explosive charges.

"We do not have sufficient information until now, but in principle the explosion happened in the same way that the two previous explosions happened," another security source told Reuters.

The natural gas company that runs the pipeline closed it down after the explosion, the source said.
Let's go to the videotape.

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