Unknown attackers blow up North Sinai pipeline that supplies gas to Jordan.
- Unknown attackers have blown up a pipeline that runs through El-Arish area of Egypt’s north Sinai area and supplies gas to Jordan and Israel
- The Jordanian route that runs from El- Arish to Aqaba and then up to Amman has been damaged by Saturday’s explosion.
- Governor of Sinai has confirmed to Al Jazeera that the fire that resulted from the explosion of the gas supply line has been controlled and that the infrastructiure at the gas terminal has not been severely damaged.
- Bedouin tribesmen of the Sinai Peninsula attempted to blow up the pipeline last July as tensions intensified between them and the Egyptian government, which they accuse of discrimination and of ignoring their plight.
- “They do not enjoy the wealth that the state generates from the Sinai peninsula, the money has not benefitted the communities there,” our correspondent added.
- The gas supplies from Egypt account for 40 per cent of Israel’s gas imports.
- “Gas prices will now go up, after Jordanian government announced its commitment to bear the brunt of any increases in fuel derivatives till March to reduce economic hardships following massive protests here,” the former official said.