Explosion at Gas Pipeline Blows in Egypt's Sinai Causes Fire

2020-11-20 | Since 2 Month

An explosion at a natural gas pipeline in restive northern Sinai Peninsula caused a fire and little other damage, however, there were no casualties, a senior Egyptian official said.

Gen. Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, who governs the northern part of the peninsula, said all the pipeline valves were promptly sealed off to control the fire that followed Thursday's blast.

Authorities were still investigating the cause of the explosion, Shousha said. 

ISIS terror group posted a statement on its website claiming responsibility for the attack. It said its militants detonated several explosive devices to damage a pipeline that carries natural gas from Egypt to Israel.

The group offered no proof for its claim, The Associated Press reported.

Egypt has for years been battling an insurgency in northern Sinai that’s now led by an ISIS affiliate.

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