February 6, 2012
CAIRO – An explosion hit a gas pipeline running from Egypt to Israel yesterday, the latest in a series of attacks on the installation that crosses the increasingly volatile Sinai region.
The pipeline, which also supplies gas to Jordan, has come under attack at least 12 times since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February last year.
The latest blast took place in the Massaeed area west of the Mediterranean coastal town of Al Arish, in north Sinai.
The state-owned operating company, Gasco, said the fire was brought under control by dawn but the flow remained cut, including exports.
The blast came as Egypt’s military rulers faced a fourth day of violent street protests and the United States threatening to cut more than a billion dollars in badly needed aid.
The protests, sparked by anger at the authorities’ inability to prevent a riot after a soccer match last week left 74 people dead, have transformed from a demonstration of anger at the police into renewed calls on the military to step down.
This article was posted: Monday, February 6, 2012 at 4:37 am