Explosion hits gas pipeline in Egypt's North Sinai

Cairo - Official says the blast did not cause any casualties.


Published: Fri 25 Dec 2020, 8:02 AM

A blast hit a gas pipeline in Egypt’s North Sinai region on Thursday, a security source has said.

“An explosion occurred (Thursday) evening along the main gas pipeline supplying the city of El Arish,” the source said, referring to the provincial capital.

The blast took place in the Sabika area to the city’s west, the source added.

Witnesses told AFP that smoke and flames from the fire were visible some 30 kilometres away.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear.

Provincial governor Mohammed Abdel Fadil Shousha said in a statement that the blast did not cause any casualties and “will not impact the gas supply” to the city.

Security forces were searching the area and authorities have opened an investigation, the statement added.

In February 2018, authorities launched a nationwide operation against militants, focusing on North Sinai.

Earlier this year, the Daesh group said it blew up a gas pipeline around 80 kilometres west of El Arish, claiming it was connected to Israel.

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