Egypt-Israel gas line blown up by unidentified attackers

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

A gas line between Israel and Egypt has been attacked by unidentified assailants in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

The reports of the sabotage come just two weeks after Israel started pumping natural gas to Egypt from two massive offshore fields, and only a week after an ISIS official called on militants to attack Israeli targets.

The directors that run the Leviathan gas platform Noble Energy, Delek Drilling and Ratio off the coast of Israel, released a statement on Sunday to confirm that there had been no damage to the EMG pipeline connecting Israel and Egypt.

"The flow of gas from Leviathan to Egypt is continuing as normal," they added.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said that gas was continuing to flow from Israel to Egypt and that it was working with authorities to investigate the nature of the incident.

The gas pipelines running through the Sinai Peninsula have long been a favourite target of jihadist groups in the region.

Last year, Egypt were forced to pay a $500 million fine to Israel for backing out of an agreement to provide natural gas, following jihadist attacks on the pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt’s 20-year gas deal with Israel, signed in the Mubarak era, was unpopular with the Egyptian public, and critics argued that Israel was not paying enough for the gas.

Dozens of attacks took place when Mubarak was overthrown in 2011, and the main target was the pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Israel.

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