On November 19, a large explosion struck the al-Arish-al-Qantara gas pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Videos from Sinai showed flames and thick black smoke rising from the explosion scene, west of the city of Arish in northern Sinai.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack right away. In a press release, the group’s news agency, Amaq, said the gas pipeline was blown up with several improvised explosive devices. The group claimed that the pipeline is used to export gas from Egypt to Israel.
A spokesman for the Egyptian Armed Forces, Bridger General Tamer Rifai, confirmed that the al-Arish-al-Qantara gas pipeline was hit by an explosion.
“A limited explosion occurred in the gas pipeline in Sabika, west of Al-Midan by 10 km, without causing any injuries or losses,” Brig. Gen. Rifai said on Facebook. “An investigation is underway to determine the causes and circumstances of the incident.”
ISIS has been active in the Sinai Peninsula since 2014. The terrorist group stepped up its attacks against government forces in the last few weeks.
The attack on al-Arish-al-Qantara gas pipeline is a dangerous development. ISIS cells in Sinai may be planning to attack other important facilities in Sinai, or even to resume attacks on civilians in the Peninsula.
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