6 Feb 2011

Explosion on gas pipeline in northern Sinai

5:54 am on 6 February 2011

There has been an explosion on an gas pipeline in northern Sinai, near the Egyptian border with Israel.

State television in Egypt reported that the blast caused a fire near el-Arish on Saturday. The pipeline supplies gas to Jordan.

State television said gas was shut off and the fire was brought under control by mid-morning.

The BBC reports the governor of the region said he suspected sabotage, but gave no details.