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Egyptian gas pipeline attacked for seventh time, halting exports

The AP reports from EL-ARISH, Egypt:

Attackers set off explosives along a gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that transports fuel to neighboring Israel and Jordan early on Thursday, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.

It is the seventh attack on the pipeline since the popular uprising ousted longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in February. Continue reading.

Authorities have blamed the incidents on activists protesting against gas exports to Israel, which have been running since 2008 under a 15-year deal with preferential terms. Officials of the new government have been trying to amend the deal since Mubarak's toppling, the European PressPhoto Agency reported.