Friday, November 25, 2011

Report: Saboteurs blow up Egypt gas pipeline

File picture shows an attack in July on a pipeline delivering gas from Egypt
to Israel at el-Arish in the north of the Sinai peninsula.(AFP/File)

CAIRO (Reuters) -- Saboteurs blew up a gas pipeline 60 km west of the Egyptian town of al-Arish in northern Sinai on Friday, the latest in series of attacks, state news agency MENA reported.

The blast caused little damage and did not start a fire because little gas was flowing through the pipeline at the time due to repair work from a previous attack, MENA said.

The pipeline, which supplies gas to Israel and Jordan, was last attacked on Nov. 10. The latest was the seventh since the revolt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, although the pipeline was first attacked a few days earlier.

No group has claimed responsibility for the sabotage.

Egypt has a 20-year deal to export natural gas deal to Israel. It is unpopular with the Egyptian public and critics say Israel does not pay market rates for the gas.

Maan News Agency