Explosion at Damietta gas pipeline, no casualties reported
Flames rise from a gas pipeline explosion - AP

CAIRO: An explosion took place Sunday evening at a natural gas pipeline on the international road in Damietta, leaving no casualties, the Damietta governorate stated.

“The blast occurred at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, on the gas line coming from Port Said, located between El-Nahda and El-Bostan villages,” read the statement. The gas line belongs to Egyptian Natural Gas Company “GASCO.”

Consequently, GASCO closed the main valve, reducing the flames until it faded out. The statement said that civil protection forces cooled the pipes after the blast.

Damietta governor Ismail Abdel Hamid said in Monday press statements that the explosion occurred on the international road and has not affected the domestic use of the natural gas, adding that all household natural gas lines were fully secured.

A technical team has been formed to inspect the reasons behind the blast.

On Jan. 7, North Sinai public prosecution launched a probe into an explosion of a pipeline that carries natural gas to Jordan and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (ABM) militant group, which changed its name to the “Sinai State” and vowed loyalty to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group, has claimed responsibility for the explosion, according to Al Ahram.

The militant group had claimed responsibility for exploding the pipeline several times since the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

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