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Egypt blames Bedouins for gas line explosion

June 28, 2010 11:56 A.M. (Updated: June 29, 2010 12:40 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – Egyptian security sources accused a Bedouin community of vandalizing an Egypt-Jordan-Israel gas pipeline south of Al-Arish on Sunday night.

Officials said the vandals used explosives planted beneath the line, and detonated them, destroying a large section.

The move prompted the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior to dispatch a security crew charged with tracing down the group, now labeled fugitives, sources said.

A strengthened police presence was observed near the gas line, with a parallel force said to be operating in the northern Sinai, with Egyptian officers reportedly conducting raids on Bedouin homes and camps.

Egyptian officials said the explosives were planted following increased tension between the Bedouin community and Egyptian security.

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