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Egypt's gas pipeline will be attacked again, says tribal leader

A tribal leader in El-Arish states that Egypt's gas pipeline will be attacked again as the Egyptian people 'reject the gas deal with Israel,' according to a Lebanese daily

Ahram Online, Friday 11 Nov 2011
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The gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel will be attacked again, according to the Lebanese As-Safir newspaper.

The newspaper interviewed an anonymous tribal leader in the Sheikh Zuwayed district of El-Arish who insisted that the pipeline, which has already been attacked seven times this year, will be targeted again.

“The government and the military council want to give gas to the Jews,” the leader told the newspaper. “But the people want to fight these Israelis; all Egyptians reject the gas deal with Israel,” he insisted.

He added that he expects the government will resume pumping gas to Israel within two months, but that it will be attacked again. However, he refused to disclose the identity of the attackers.

The gas pipeline was attacked last Thursday for the sixth time since the uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak and the seventh time this year.

Earlier today, technicians and engineers in GASCO, the Egyptian Natural Gas Company, began repairs on the pipeline which they said would take ten days.

A source in the company said that the explosion took place in the line that feeds gas to Jordan and Israel and which also pumps gas to houses, power plants and factories in the city of El-Arish.

“[The attackers] dug below the line and put explosions in two points separated by 20 metres,” the source explained.

He added that the tight security around the gas pressure reducing stations and operating rooms forced the attackers to randomly plant the explosions in other areas along the pipeline in order to ensure a halt to the pumping of gas.

The source also added that the Arish Pipeline is 280 metres long, and no country in the world has the capacity to secure its entire pipeline.

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Kamal Mattar
19-11-2011 04:53am
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No peace without justice
If Israel stopped stealing land, abided by international rules, and conceded the Palestinian people rights to the land and freedom, then it can find peace. Until then, there will never be peace in Israel. End the injustice and hypocrisy.
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barmaleikin
11-11-2011 05:27pm
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Egypt to lose out
Words of wisdom from a primitive tribal leader? Well, Jews will definitely find a way to get out of their energy dependency on Egypt. But what will Egypt do when it finds out that nobody wants its gas? Or what will it do when Israel starts Egypt charging fair market prices for trasporting gas over its territory?
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cyberstorm
11-11-2011 05:25pm
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Who IS this helping?
I am all for people doing things to help their cause, but who does this serve? Israel - not Jordan or Egypt. Why? It supports Israels idea that everyone is out to get them, and it also does damage to Egypt's economy, and Jordan's gas line as well. Why would anyone in their "right mind" not understand this? If you are unhappy with the amount Israel pays for this gas, try building another pipeline to someplace else. The cost in security and building it will mean more money. If you look at Turkey and Russia, they pay higher rates for a reason. I get you are angry at Israel, but it takes someone who has more nuance to understand how self destructive this is in reality. You are doing exactly what Israel says and claims others to be, and you are harming others in the mean time.
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cyberstorm
11-11-2011 04:44pm
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Who IS this helping?
I am all for people doing things to help their cause, but who does this serve? Israel - not Jordan or Egypt. Why? It supports Israels idea that everyone is out to get them, and it also does damage to Egypt's economy, and Jordan's gas line as well. Why would anyone in their "right mind" not understand this? If you are unhappy with the amount Israel pays for this gas, try building another pipeline to someplace else. The cost in security and building it will mean more money. If you look at Turkey and Russia, they pay higher rates for a reason. I get you are angry at Israel, but it takes someone who has more nuance to understand how self destructive this is in reality. You are doing exactly what Israel says and claims others to be, and you are harming others in the mean time.
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austin
11-11-2011 12:34pm
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280 metres long?
don't you mean kilometres or miles or something?
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