Egypt Pipeline Explosion 311.
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Egyptian security forces arrested 16 suspects for alleged involvement in repeated attacks on the gas pipeline between Egypt, Israel and Jordan, a security source said according to DPA.
According to the report, the Egyptian head of security in northern Sinai said that "the search for suspects began Saturday with police and the army deployed in Sinai."
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Saboteurs blew up the gas pipeline
on Thursday morning using remote controlled explosive bombs forcing a shutdown in the flow of gas, Egyptian security sources said.
The blast, the seventh this year and the first since pumping was resumed on 24 October, was near the Mazar area, 30 km (18 miles) west of the town of El-Arish.
The pipeline has been a target for attacks by anonymous saboteurs since
the overthrow of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February, although the first pipeline attack
took place days before he was ousted by an uprising.
Egypt and Israel have signed a 20-year natural gas deal by which Egypt
would export gas to its neighbor. The deal was unpopular with the
Egyptian public and critics argued the Jewish state had been offered gas
at prices that were too low.