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Attackers Hit Egypt Gas Pipeline; Exports to Israel Halted

Masked militants blew up a terminal on the Egyptian pipeline supplying natural gas to Israel, forcing a halt in exports after the fourth such attack this year, officials and state media reported.

The terminal near the city of El-Arish in the northern Sinai peninsula was in flames after the pre-dawn blast, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported today, citing witnesses. An official at East Mediterranean Gas Co., the pipeline’s operator, said gas supply to Israel was halted at around 2 a.m. local time. He declined to be identified due to company policy. Israel Electric Corp. confirmed the stoppage in a statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.