Egyptian authorities have stopped pumping the gas in the pipeline to Israel after it was blown up by unknown people, according to state-run Nile TV.
State-run Nile TV described it as “one of the main gas pipelines” there. The state-run MENA news agency said it was a suspected terrorist attack.
Al Jazeera English and Egypt State Television is reporting:
It has been reported that the gas pipeline running to Ashkelon in Israel has not been affected but the Jordanian route has been damaged by Saturday’s explosion.
There were no immediate reports of any casualties as a result of the blast.
“Saboteurs took advantage of the security situation and blew up the gas pipeline,” a state television correspondent reported, saying there was a big explosion.
State TV quoted an official as saying that the “situation is very dangerous and explosions were continuing from one spot to another” along the pipeline.
“It is a big terrorist operation”, a state TV reporter said.
Residents in the area also reported a huge explosion and said flames were raging in the area.
According to a security source, the Egyptian army closed the main source of the gas supply to the pipeline.
“The armed forces and the authorities managed to close the main the source of flow and are trying to control the fires,” the source said.
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