Gas pipeline from Egypt to Israel blown up
By End the Lie
Today an explosion rendered an Egyptian gas pipeline in Sinai that feeds both Israel and Jordan useless, according to security sources and witnesses via Israeli news agency Haaretz.
Details are thin at the moment with no reported casualties, no reported cause of the blast and no group to put the blame on as of yet.
The explosion occurred west of al Arish city with witnesses reporting flames nearly 50 feet high shooting from the broken pipeline.
The Egyptian army quickly surrounded the area and the pipeline was shut down by Gasco, an Egyptian gas transportation company which is a subsidiary of Egypt’s national gas company, EGAS.
This is not the first time that the pipeline that feeds Israel has been attacked. Indeed there have been repeated assaults by what Haaretz characterizes as “assailants believed to be opposed to selling Egyptian gas to Israel since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.”
There is little to no evidence to support this conjecture at this time, although the circumstantial evidence is arguably plentiful enough to come to this conclusion.
The previous attack on the gas pipeline to Israel occurred when men armed with machine guns in a small truck forced the security personnel out of their station and then blew it up in July of this year.
The popular Egyptian sentiment is growing increasingly negative regarding Israel, evidenced by their “siege” of the Israeli embassy which caused the entire diplomatic staff to flee.
It is unclear what Israel will do in response to these attacks on their critical gas supply and who exactly is responsible for these attacks.
However, we can expect more information to come to the surface in the coming days and weeks.
Stay tuned as we will keep you updated on the status of Egyptian-Israeli relations in the wake of this attack and the breakdown of diplomacy between the two nations.