Armed Gangs Attack Egypt Pipeline

April 27, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015
Flames shoot into the sky from a gas pipeline after unknown saboteurs bombed the Egyptian pipeline near the village of Al-Sabil in the El-Arish region of the Sinai on April 27, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
Flames shoot into the sky from a gas pipeline after unknown saboteurs bombed the Egyptian pipeline near the village of Al-Sabil in the El-Arish region of the Sinai on April 27, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)

Armed gangs blew up a natural gas terminal located on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt on Wednesday, halting the supply of gas to Israel and Jordan, local media reported.

It was the second such attack on a pipeline on the Sinai Peninsula since February, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

“The fire is still ongoing and it’ll be at least three to four days before it goes out, after which authorities can begin repairing the pipeline damage and then resume the gas flow,” a source told the newspaper.

A security official told AFP that the bomb was likely triggered remotely. No reports of any deaths or injuries were reported.

Israeli National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau told the news agency that it would cause an immediate impact on the supply of natural gas. “There is still a certain amount of gas in the pipeline which we can use,” he said.

In February, the pipeline was attacked during the Egypt uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to resign after 30 years.