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Egypt: militants bomb Jordan-Israel gas pipeline

Shut down since March 5 due to previous attacks, the explosion did not disrupt fuel flow.

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Egyptian security stand in the vicinity of flames following an attack by saboteurs on an Egyptian gas pipeline on July 12, 2011, at al-Arish in the north of the Sinai peninsula. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

Militants have blown up a portion of a pipeline that carries gas from Egypt to Jordan and Israel through the Sinai Peninsula, according to the Associated Press.

The explosion occurred outside the city of el-Arish, a town in north Sinai. Agence France Presse reported the pipeline ceased to be operational on March 5. It "did not cause major damage or a fire since the gas flow had been cut following a blast on the pipeline last month," the AP wrote.

The attack is the 14th since former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was deposed in February 2011.

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Reuters wrote that nobody has claimed responsibility, calling the Sinai "increasingly volatile" in the wake of a relaxation of security following Mubarak's fall. The country has "20-year gas deal with Israel," though some Egyptians criticize it and accuse Israel of "not paying enough for the fuel."

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"Egypt said in November it would tighten security along the pipeline by installing alarms and recruiting security patrols from Bedouin tribesmen in the area," the news wire wrote.

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