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The companies managing the pipeline that transports Egyptian natural gas to
Israel have contracted Beduin tribes to protect the facilities – sabotaged five
times already since the start of this year – Egypt’s state-run MENA news agency
North Sinai Gov. Abdel Wahab Mabrouk said the Egyptian
Natural Gas Company had contracted several tribes whose traditional territories
the pipeline passes through.
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Mabrouk told the Londonbased newspaper
Asharq al- Awsat that six individuals would be assigned to each of the 31 gas
stations, while an unspecified number of other guards would protect the pipeline
between those stations.
The Egypt-Israel pipeline was attacked Saturday
for the third time in July and the fifth time since February.
investigation is not over yet,” Mabrouk told the paper’s Arabic edition of the
“And we are currently questioning a number of suspects
in the incident in order to find those responsible for the planning and
implementation of the attack.”
Gas flow between Israel and Egypt has been
halted since the fourth explosion, on July 4. Mabrouk said repair work on the
pipeline has yet to begin.
Egyptian security sources told the state-run
Al-Ahram daily this week that the pipeline blasts – and attacks on security
forces in northern Sinai that killed five officers last week – were the work of
The 2005 gas deal between Israel and Egypt has
been controversial, with many Egyptians resentful at what they say are below-