Blasts hit gas pipeline between Egypt, Jordan, Israel

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Saboteurs blew up the gas pipeline between Egypt, Israel and Jordan on Thursday in Northern Sinai using remote controlled bombs, forcing it to shut down, Egyptian security sources said. The first blast, the sixth since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and the seventh this year, was near Mazar area, 30 km west of the town of Al-Arish, security sources and witnesses said. Witnesses saw a second, smaller explosion west of Al-Arish near a pumping station, state news agency MENA reported. The report said it was not clear whether any damage was done. The explosions are the first since pumping resumed on October 24. “Primary examination showed that Improvised Explosive Devices were put under the pipeline and were detonated from a distance,” a security source told Reuters. “The attackers used two trucks and extended wires were found at the scene,” he added. The pipeline has been a target for attacks by anonymous saboteurs since the overthrow of Mubarak in February, although the first pipeline attack took place days before he was ousted by an uprising.