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Egyptian gas pipeline to Israel attacked


There has been another attack on a pipeline carrying natural gas from Egypt to Israel. This is the sixth time the pipeline has been targeted since February. It is believed masked gunmen blew up a terminal during the assault on Monday night.

The site of the attack is the city of El-Arish in northern Egypt, roughly 50 kilometres west of the border with Israel.

Israel receives 43 per cent of its natural gas from Egypt, but the new Egyptian government wants to review contracts negotiated under former leader Hosni Mubarak.

The pipeline also carries gas to Jordan. Gas exports were suspended for a month after another attack in February.

This latest incident may further strain relations between Cairo and Tel-Aviv. Earlier this month, Israel’s embassy in the Egyptian capital was broken into by protesters angry at the killing of five Egyptian policemen in Israeli raids against militants.

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