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Egyptian insecurity prevents work on bomb-hit gas pipeline to Jordan -official
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013
By Summer Said
Lack of security is preventing the repair of a natural gas pipeline in Egypt damaged in a bomb attack six weeks ago that has halted oil flow to Jordan, the chairman of the state-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co., or EGAS , said Tuesday.
The current political instability in the country and the latest unrest in the Sinai Peninsula make it difficult to predict when the work can begin to restore the pipeline in the Sinai town of El Arish, Abdel Reheem said.
"We are still waiting for the army to secure the area so the technical team can start fixing the pipeline but so far the security situation has not improved," Taher Abdel Reheem told Dow Jones Newswires.
EGAS said after the attack, which followed militant strikes on a regional airport and security checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula, that gas supplies to Jordan will resume within 10 days.
The July 7 attack, the first in a year, came after the elected president Mohammed Morsi--who has the support of the Muslim Brotherhood--was ousted by the country's military after just one year in office.
Earlier this month, security was increased in areas bordering the Suez shipping route as the military cracked down on anti-government protesters in Cairo.
An early morning ambush on buses carrying police conscripts in Sinai left 25 officers dead and three seriously injured on Monday, a significant escalation that signaled militants in the restive region are responding directly to violence in greater Egypt.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
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