Egypt: Blast destroys Sinai gas pipeline to Israel, Jordan
An explosion destroyed an Egyptian pipeline in Sinai that supplies Israel and Jordan with gas on Tuesday, security sources and witnesses said.
The security sources said the explosion happened west of the city of El-Arish. Witnesses said 15-meter high flames could be seen rising from the pipeline. The cause of the blast was not immediately known and there were no immediate reports of casualties.The army surrounded the area and the company operating the pipeline closed it down after the blast, which was heard far away from the scene.
The pipeline is run by Gasco, Egypt's gas transport company which is a subsidiary of the national gas company EGAS.
The pipeline had already been attacked five times since the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February.