Masked gunmen in Egypt blew up a part of the gas terminal of the natural gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan in a pre-dawn attack on Tuesday, security officials said.

Around four assailants carried out the attack, official said.

The terminal is situated in El-Arish in the northern part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, about 50 kilometers from Israeli’s border.

The attackers first ordered the guards on duty to leave the terminal and then blew it up, starting a huge fire that sent flames shooting into the air that lit up the night
sky, officials reported.

It was the second attack on the pipeline in as many weeks and the fourth since an 18-day uprising toppled President Hosni Mubarak’s regime on February 11, a local
media reported.

No group claimed the responsibility for the attack on the pipeline, but Bedouin tribesmen in El-Arish are assumed to be behind the attack.