Monday, December 19, 2011

19-Dec-11: Our Egypt problem: tenth pipeline attack and counting

Blast hits Egypt's gas pipeline to Israel
CAIRO | Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:13am EST
(Reuters) - An Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan was bombed Sunday, the 10th such attack this year, but no fire erupted because the line that runs through North Sinai was already disabled, a security source said. The blast took place in an area five km (three miles) south of the Mediterranean coastal town of al-Arish. "The attack was carried out using remote-controlled explosives by unidentified assailants who arrived at the scene using four-wheel-drive vehicles," the source said... The latest blast broke the pipe, but no flames were seen as gas pumping has been halted since the last attack on November 28. The government said in November it would tighten security measures along the pipeline by installing alarm devices and recruiting security patrols from Bedouin tribesmen in the area. Security in Sinai loosened after Mubarak's fall as the police presence thinned out across Egypt... Previous explosions have sometimes led to weeks-long shutdowns along the pipeline, run by Egypt's gas transport company Gasco, a subsidiary of the national gas company EGAS.

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