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April 26, 2011 10:42 pm

Attack on Pipeline Shuts Off Gas to Israel

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BBC – A pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan has exploded after an attack by an armed gang in the north Sinai area of Egypt. it is the second such attack in a month on the pipeline, south of the town of el-Arish, just 30 miles (50km) from the border with Israel.

“An unknown armed gang attacked the gas pipeline,” an unnamed security source told Reuters, adding that the flow of gas to Israel and Jordan had been hit.

The pipeline has frequently been targeted, including an attack on 5 February during the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power. On that occasion, gas exports to Israel and Jordan were stopped for a month.

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