A local gas line west of Arish was bombed on Sunday, according to Mada Masr news website. No official Egyptian statements were issued regarding the explosion. Islamic State affiliate Sinai Province has claimed responsibility for the attack on the natural gas pipeline that runs through the village of Amoureya, east of the North Sinai city of Bir al-Abd. According to local sources militants arrived in a four-wheel drive and placed explosives underneath the pipeline.
The office of the Israeli Minister of Energy denied Monday that Israeli gas exports stopped after the gas pipeline exploded. The Israeli Minister of Energy did not confirm or deny the explosion and said that the ministry is following up on reports with all concerned authorities. AP said that six gunmen planted explosives under the pipeline which transfers gas to Al-Arish city and a cement factory in central Sinai, according to Egyptian security officials. Israeli gas exports to Egypt started two weeks ago under a deal between Israeli company Delek, US energy companies, and the Egyptian East Gas Company. The majority of East Gas’ shares are owned by the Egyptian General Intelligence.