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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Another explosion at Egyptian gas pipeline

From Reuters:
Saboteurs blew up the gas pipeline between Egypt, Israel and Jordan on Thursday in Northern Sinai using remote controlled bombs, forcing it to shut down, Egyptian security sources said.

The first blast, the sixth since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and the seventh this year, was near Mazar area, 30 kilometers west of the town of Al-Arish, security sources and witnesses said.

Witnesses saw a second, smaller explosion west of Al-Arish near a pumping station, state news agency MENA reported. The report said it was not clear whether any damage was done. The explosions are the first since pumping resumed on Oct. 24.

"Primary examination showed that Improvised Explosive Devices were put under the pipeline and were detonated from a distance," a security source told Reuters.

"The attackers used two trucks and extended wires were found at the scene," he added.

Residents in Al-Arish told Reuters that flames could be seen from the town. Witnesses told MENA that security forces and fire fighters had controlled the fire.
At Jordan's Ammon News site, there is a bit of exasperation in the talkbacks, with people blaming Egypt, Hamas, and - of course - Israel.