JERUSALEM, Israel -- For the ninth time this year, terrorists blew up the Egyptian pipeline that transports gas to Jordan and Israel. The last attack took place on November 25.
The blast at the al-Sabil terminal near el-Arish -- about 30 miles south of the border with Israel -- occurred just a few hours before Egyptians began voting in the first leg of a three-stage election that culminates on January 11. It is Egypt's first parliamentary elections since former President Hosni Mubarak resigned last February.
As in past attacks, terrorists remotely detonated two large bombs planted about 100 meters (yards) apart, forcing authorities to to shut down the pipeline to extinguish the huge flames. Deliveries to Jordan and Israel were again put on hold.
Police and fire fighters found tracks from two separate vehicles near the bomb sites.
Despite increased security measures by Egyptian authorities, terrorists determined to stop the export of gas to Israel -- which buys 40 percent of its natural gas from Egypt -- succeeded again in blowing up the pipeline.