Egyptian Gunmen Attack Gas Pipeline to Israel in Northern Sinai

Incident marks 10th sabotage of pipeline; authorities blame militants protesting gas exports to Israel.

Gunmen attacked an Egyptian pipeline Sunday that transports gas to Israel, the 10th such incident since former president Hosni Mubarak's overthrow in February, according to Egyptian television.

A blast went off at the pipeline early Sunday in the area of al-Sabil, west of the al-Arish city in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, according to the report.

egypt gas - AP - July 8 2011

No one claimed responsibility for the blast, which hit a part of the pipeline that was not operational because of a previous attack, said the broadcaster.

Authorities have blamed the incidents on local militants protesting gas exports to Israel, which have been running since 2008 under a 15-year deal with preferential terms. Officials in post-Mubarak Egypt have been trying to amend the deal.