Gas pipeline to Israel attacked again

Egypt’s gas pipeline to Israel was attacked for the 10th time since the beginning of the year.

The Dec. 18 attack did not stop the flow of gas on the line near El Arish in the Sinai Peninsula because it had not yet been restarted following an attack on Nov. 28. The explosion reportedly was detonated by remote control.

Gas between Israel and Egypt has flowed for only two days since June, according to the Israeli business daily Globes.

No group has claimed responsibility for the series of attacks.

Egypt supplies Israel with more than 40 percent of its natural gas needs to produce electricity; electricity prices have risen by more than 10 percent in Israel since the attacks began.

Selling gas to Israel has been unpopular on the Egyptian street since the opening of the pipeline in 2008. Former President Hosni Mubarak is accused of having given Israel a sweetheart deal on the gas, since Egypt lost more than $714 million on the pact. — jta