Saturday, February 5, 2011

Saboteurs Attacked Egyptian Pipeline, Flow of Gas to Israel/Jordan Cut

The pipe to Jordan was attack, and that forced the shutdown of a pipe to Israel. My gut says that the attackers were mistaken as to which pipe went where, but it is also possible it was just an attack meant to cause general disruption.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110205/wl_mideast_afp/egyptpoliticsunrestgasisrael_20110205123242

"Unknown saboteurs attacked an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Jordan, forcing authorities to switch off gas supply from a twin pipeline to Israel, an official told AFP.

The attackers used explosives against the pipeline in the town of Lihfen in northern Sinai, near the Gaza Strip, the official said. It was initially thought the pipeline to Israel was attacked.

"The pipeline to Jordan has been attacked and the supply to Israel has been cut off," the official said.

The army has taken precautionary measures to stop the fire from spreading, the official added, as rescue services were putting out the fire.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible, or whether the attack was linked to the deadly protests against President Hosni Mubarak's rule, which entered their 12th day on Saturday.
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