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Egypt Gas Terminal Near Border With Israel Rocked By Explosion

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EL-ARISH, Egypt — Egyptian security officials say an explosion at a gas terminal near Egypt's border with Israel has sent flames shooting into the air and forced the shutdown of the pipeline.

It is the second attack on the al-Sabil terminal near the town of El-Arish. On March 27 gunmen planted explosives at the terminal, which failed to detonate.

The officials said Wednesday the valves controlling the flow of gas to neighboring Jordan had been shut down.

The flames sent residents scurrying from their homes, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

On Feb. 5, an explosion at a different section of the pipeline severed gas exports to neighboring Israel and Jordan for a month.

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