CAIRO, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A section of a natural gas pipeline from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to Israel and Jordan was destroyed in a bomb blast Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Egyptian authorities said homes in the North Sinai capital of Arish were on fire but nobody died in the blast, CNN International reports.
Authorities said they were able to get the subsequent fire under control by shutting off sections of the pipeline, which is used to transport gas to Israel and Jordan.
Israeli officials didn't offer specifics about the attack to CNN but said there's been no gas from Egypt since attacks in July.
The mid-July attack on the pipeline was the fourth in five months. Engineers said damage caused by a July 4 explosion on the same pipeline was nearly repaired at the time.
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian, said in an audio message that surfaced in August that he commended the "heroes" who blew up the pipeline.
Israel gets about 20 percent of its electricity needs from natural gas supplied through Egypt. Jordan imports most of the energy it needs.