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Explosion Rocks Egyptian Pipeline (Saturday morning 2-5-2011)
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Posted on 02/05/2011 5:51:45 AM PST by SERKIT

Egyptian authorities say an explosion has rocked a pipeline that carries gas to Israel.

Authorities do not know who is responsible for the blast. They say a large fire is raging near the site of the explosion in North Sinai.

Very little other information was immediately available about the Saturday blast.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: egypt; explosion
Not much more than a headline now.
1 posted on 02/05/2011 5:51:47 AM PST by SERKIT
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To: SERKIT

Gee. You could’a knocked me over with a feather there. Who saw this coming? Anyone? Anyone?

Frickking democracy protesters. We really admire them.


2 posted on 02/05/2011 5:54:38 AM PST by rlmorel ("If this doesn't light your fire, Men, the pilot light's out!"...Coach Ed Bolin)
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To: SERKIT
Authorities do not know who is responsible for the blast.

It's those radical Presbyterians, I bet.

3 posted on 02/05/2011 5:56:01 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SERKIT

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704843304576125510103424894.html

An Egyptian gas pipeline in the Sinai peninsula was attacked Saturday, cutting off supplies to Jordan and Israel.

The pipeline was attacked by “subversive elements,” Egyptian state TV reported. There were no further details on those responsible, but the attack was the latest sign of deteriorating security in the key buffer between the Egyptian mainland and Israel.

Conditions on the Sinai have been unsettled by the power vacuum created by nearly two weeks of massive demonstrations against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

In a sign of the rising tensions, Bedouin in the northern Sinai on Friday used rocket-propelled grenades to attack the headquarters of Egypt’s state security in El Arish, a town close to Egypt’s border crossing into Gaza, according to witnesses. The pipeline attack occurred in the same general area.

Earlier in the week, Mohammed Abu Ras, the leader of a Bedouin tribe who enjoyed friendly relations with the Egyptian forces, was gunned down outside a meeting between tribal leaders and Egyptian army generals, in a vendetta killing that fed fears of rising conflict.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week agreed to let Egypt deploy 800 additional troops to the Sinai to replace the police and stabilize the area, though the two countries’ peace accords stipulate the peninsula should be demilitarized.

Egypt supplies almost all of Jordan’s gas needs, amounting to some 240 million cubic feet a day used to fuel power plants as well as for heating and cooking. Egypt is also a major supplier of gas to Israel.

State TV showed a jet of flame rising out of the desert. It appeared the attack affected the Jordan-Syria branch of the pipeline.

The East Mediteranean Gas Co., which buys gas from Egypt and supplies Israel, told customers supplies would be cut temporarily. A spokesman for the Israeli partner in the company said Egypt Gas shut off supply to the entire region to put out a fire and fix the damage to a measuring station on the gas pipeline to Jordan and Syria.

``It’s a safety precaution,’’ said Merhav spokesman Zeev Feiner. ``Once something happens, you shut down the system.’’

A Jordanian official confirmed supplies to Jordan have been cut. “The explosion that took place today on the gas pipeline has led to suspending gas supplies to Jordan,” said Ghaleb al-Maabrah head of the Jordanian National Electricity Co. .

The shutdown of gas to Jordan is expected to continue for at least a week while the pipeline is repaired, he said, according to the official Petra news agency.

In the absence of Egyptian gas, Jordan will have to fuel its power stations with expensive diesel fuel, of which the kingdom has a three week stockpile, he said. Switching fuels will cost the kingdom some 3 million Jordanian dinars a day ($4.2 million), he said.

The kingdom imports some 95% of its energy needs at a cost of around 19% of its gross domestic product.

Egypt’s petroleum minister confirmed to state TV that gas supplies to a number of countries have been affected.

Sinai Bedouins are widely suspected of having bombed the Jordan-Syria branch in June. That attack followed a series of violent confrontations with police.

One person close to the Sinai Bedouin said Saturday he doubted they were involved in the current attack.
— Hassan Hafidh and Matt Bradley contributed to this story.


4 posted on 02/05/2011 5:56:28 AM PST by Ladycalif ("If you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." Jesus)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I always blame the radical Amish first.


5 posted on 02/05/2011 5:57:33 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: SERKIT

As Odumba$$ proclaimed earlier in the week, “The protesters in Egypt are an inspiration...”


6 posted on 02/05/2011 6:00:19 AM PST by Common Sense 101
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To: SERKIT
Only two countries left over there that are not directly under siege; Iraq and Saudi Arabia. But they are in the middle of a classic military “Scissor” and will easily fall if and when they are attacked.

The SUMET pipeline may well be the next target. Since Mubarak has decided to make things difficult, the MB (Caliphate) will go to plan “B”, which is to create complete economic chaos in the region. Cut off the money (income) and food sources, the population will erupt into a civil war.

7 posted on 02/05/2011 6:03:26 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: SERKIT
Now being reported as a gas leak. Move along....nothing to see here....Religion of Peace.....what assasingation attempt?...
8 posted on 02/05/2011 6:06:04 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: ladyvet
Opps...Assassination....more coffee needed.
9 posted on 02/05/2011 6:07:52 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
the MB (Caliphate) will go to plan “B”, which is to create complete economic chaos in the region.

I remember reading very early on in this situation that there was some talk heard among the "protesters" of doing something to damage or destroy the pipeline in order to make things harder for Egypt's economy, put pressure on Jordan and, of course, weaken Israel.

10 posted on 02/05/2011 6:09:26 AM PST by livius
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To: ladyvet

But, when do I get to murder my coptic neighbors. I thought freedom to do that would in the new democratic government charter.


11 posted on 02/05/2011 6:10:33 AM PST by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: ladyvet

First they tried to blame it on the Bedouins (who denied that they had anything to do with it and in fact do seem to be trying to stay far away from this conflict) and now they’re falling back on the empty center-fuel tank ruse.

The Egyptians have already referred to it as an attack, so I’d say the cat’s out of the bag. Of course it was a gas leak: one caused by saboteurs.


12 posted on 02/05/2011 6:11:27 AM PST by livius
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To: SERKIT

The Obama Brotherhood


13 posted on 02/05/2011 6:17:34 AM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: livius
It must have been the will of Allah that the “leak” shut down only the Infidel Israeli pipeline.
14 posted on 02/05/2011 6:18:07 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: SERKIT
try looking for single male muslimes between the age of 17 and 40...
15 posted on 02/05/2011 7:45:11 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SERKIT

Saturday 05 February 2011
“Terrorists” are to blame for an explosion at a north Sinai pipeline supplying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan, according to Egyptian officials.

An explosion has hit a pipeline supplying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan, according to reports.

Jordan has said gas supplies from Egypt are likely to remain halted for a week as a result.

Egyptian gas supplies generate 80 per cent of Jordan’s electricity. Israel gets 40 per cent of its natural gas from Egypt as part of a deal built on the 1979 peace according between the two countries.

Egyptian state television blamed the blast on saboteurs exploiting unrest inside the country


16 posted on 02/05/2011 7:55:58 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Hardraade

17 posted on 02/05/2011 7:58:00 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: SERKIT

Probably those pro-government demonstrators.


18 posted on 02/05/2011 8:05:47 AM PST by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: SERKIT

And so it begins


19 posted on 02/05/2011 8:10:06 AM PST by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: SERKIT

VOICE ON HEADPHONE: We have just cut off the pipeline to Israel and Jordan, Number One. What am I to do now?
SOROS: You are to wait, Number Two. Soon, with chaos everywhere in the middle east, the Great Powers will have their oil supplies shut off and the entire world will be at war!

20 posted on 02/05/2011 8:13:08 AM PST by Oratam
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To: Oratam

I imagine somebody who trades currencies is making out pretty well during this crisis?

Pray for Egypt


21 posted on 02/05/2011 8:26:43 AM PST by bray (Palin's Army is at Valley Forge.)
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To: SERKIT

One thing algore is sure about, Global Warming causes fatter bank accounts.


22 posted on 02/05/2011 8:29:41 AM PST by bray (Palin's Army is at Valley Forge.)
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To: SERKIT
What's frightening is that Israel gets 40% of its natural gas from Egypt. They can kiss that goodbye shortly.

Israel gas supply not hit by Egypt pipe blast-radio

JERUSALEM Jan 5 (Reuters) - A suspected sabotage attack on a gas facility in the Egyptian Sinai did not target supplies to Israel but they were halted as a precaution, Israel Radio said on Saturday. It quoted sources in the Israeli consortium overseeing gas imports as saying the morning blast was "nowhere near" the pipe running to Israel. Israel gets 40 percent of its natural gas from Egypt, a deal built on their landmark 1979 peace accord.


23 posted on 02/05/2011 8:30:18 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama and the Radical Left: 'People of the Lie')
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To: Common Sense 101

The protesters in Egypt are an inspiration...”

Nobama speaks from the heart. Not only is he mooselimb he is also Bruthahoot Mooselimb.


24 posted on 02/05/2011 8:35:04 AM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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