Israel Gas Pipeline Attacked in Egypt For Sixth Time and Shut down

Israel pipeline explosionA gas pipeline delivering natural gas into Israel was attacked in the country of Egypt. While confusion of how the pipeline was attacked happened at first things have started to become more clear. Witnesses at the scene saw armed men near the 1st Israel pipeline explosion in the Sinai peninsula.

Later on more details were revealed about the two explosive attacks on the natural gas pipeline. Details were uncovered by Reuters news service and released through the Jerusalem Post. Primary examination showed that Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) 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.

This isn’t the first time Israel’s gas pipelines have been attacked. The blast today on November 10th, 2011 is the sixth blast this year. The gas pipeline that was attacked had just been reopened on October 24th, 2011 and has now been shut down again.

The new pipeline contracts had to do with a new gas deal that was signed by Israel and Egypt in a 20 year contract. Egyptian citizens were against the pipeline deal and protested at it’s placement and opening. Many blame the attacks on the removal of president Hosni Mubarak since before he was remove attacks were rare.

If the attacks don’t stop it sounds like lawsuits may become the next step from East Mediterranean Gas Company after they accused Egypt of not protecting the pipelines. The total charges in damages could reach $8 billion in lawsuits agains Egypt from the company. Whether the lawsuits are successful or not the natural gas pipelines are shutdown and professional security teams are needed.

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