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04 Feb 2020 | 01:52 AM UTC

Egypt: Militants attack gas pipeline in North Sinai February 2

Several militants bomb Egypt-Israel gas pipeline in North Sinai on February 2; similar attacks possible in the medium term

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Event

Security officials confirmed that at least six militants bombed a pipeline in Bir Al-Abd (North Sinai) that supplies gas from Israel on Sunday, February 2. The pipeline supplies gas to a power station in Al-Arish and a cement factory in central Sinai. No casualties or injuries were reported; Egyptian and Israeli energy officials reportedly confirmed that that the flow of gas was not obstructed as of Monday, February 3.

Similar attacks are possible in the Sinai in the medium term.

Context

Israel began pumping natural gas to Egypt from two offshore fields on Janury 15, marking a significant moment of cooperation between the two countries.

Egyptian security forces continue to carry out counterterrorism raids in the Sinai region under the auspices of "Comprehensive Operation - Sinai 2018," which aims to neutralize militant and terrorist groups operating in the Sinai, Nile Delta, and the Western Desert.

Advice

Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor developments, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, report suspicious behavior and objects to the authorities, remain vigilant when visiting areas susceptible to terror activity (e.g. tourist sites, churches, international and government buildings, public transportation hubs, etc.), and anticipate similar security operations over the near term.