Egyptian official denies gas resumed pumping to Israel 17Mar11 March 18, 2011

The Palestinian Information Center -  17 March 2011

An Egyptian government official, who refused to disclose his name, denied Israeli media reports that Egypt resumed pumping natural gas to Israel.

Repairs at the pumping station exploded by saboteurs early February have yet to be completed, the official told the Egyptian Al-Shurooq newspaper.

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Monday that the EMG gas company told Israel it planned to pump natural gas since Monday morning when reparations were finished and maintenance work was done on the line passing through the Sinai desert.

According to the newspaper, EMG’s economic attachĂ© announced it would resume pumping gas gradually while pipes continued to be inspected.

The pipeline complex south of El-Arish was exploded by saboteurs on February 5, stopping the flow of gas pumped to Jordan and Israel.

The saboteurs have not yet been identified, but residents have given reports of four men placing explosives under the pipeline after tying up security guards and then warning locals that an explosion would take place. They were last seen fleeing the scene in two cars.

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