Saboteurs attack Egyptian gas pipeline

April 9, 2012 at 8:06 AM
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AMMAN, Jordan, April 9 (UPI) -- The effects of an explosion Monday on an Egyptian natural gas pipeline were minimal since it was under repair from a previous attack, a security official said.

Two vehicles were reportedly seen leaving the site of an explosion Monday in the Sinai Peninsula on the natural gas pipeline carrying gas to consumers in Israel and Jordan, Jordan's official Petra news service reports.

The effect of Monday's attack was considered minimal, a security official said, because the pipeline was under repair from an attack in March. Monday's attack marks the 14th since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted during a revolution in February 2011.

The Jordanian government is said to be examining the possibility of getting natural gas from Persian Gulf states or tap into liquefied natural gas from its neighbors, while Israel is examining natural gas supplies in the Mediterranean Sea.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility or reports of injury from Monday's attack.

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