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Islamic State Claims Purported Attack On Egypt-Israel Gas Pipeline In Sinai

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The Times Of Israel

Islamic State Claims Purported Attack On Egypt-Israel Gas Pipeline In Sinai

Though sources said attacked pipe was a domestic one, jihadist group insists it ‘targeted… the natural gas line linking the Jews and the apostate Egyptian government’

By AFP   

CAIRO — The Islamic State extremist group said on Monday that it blew up a gas pipeline in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, claiming it was connected to Israel.

Security sources earlier said the pipeline hit was a domestic one that connects to a power station in el-Arish, powering homes and factories in central Sinai. No casualties were reported.

Masked gunmen drove a four-wheel drive before detonating explosives in the attack, carried out around 80 kilometers west of the provincial capital El-Arish, the sources told AFP.

Some media reports in Egypt and Israel said, however, that the section of pipeline hit was part of Israel’s Leviathan offshore field that connects the two countries — claims denied to AFP by the Leviathan consortium.

Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-state-claims-purported-attack-on-egypt-israel-gas-pipeline-in-sinai/