Saboteurs blow up Egypt gas pipeline to Jordan, Israel

[Since those who attacked the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline have not been identified, there is no way to determine what their objectives may be.  But the attack clearly does have the effect of focusing the issue of Egypt’s relations with Israel, and raises the questions:  Rebuild the pipeline?  Who will decide?  And if it will be rebuilt, who will do the work? — Frontlines ed.]

CAIRO (Reuters) – Saboteurs blew up Egypt’s gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel on Monday, witnesses and security sources said, a few hours before the country holds its first free election since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.

The explosion struck the pipeline west of al-Arish in Sinai, witnesses said. There was a second consecutive blast, about 100 metres away, sources said.

State news agency MENA said the explosion was in al-Sabeel area. Security forces and fire trucks raced to the scene.

Security sources said the explosions were detonated from a distance and that tracks from two vehicles were found in the area. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Continue reading

Egypt: Thousands protest in front of the Israeli embassy in Giza

August 20th, 2011

The protests in front of the Israeli embassy in Giza continue as of time of writing, with thousands calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and severing all ties with the Zionist apartheid regime. Protesters are also waving Palestinian flags, calling for war on Israel.
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The Guardian (UK)–“Egypt withdraws ambassador to Israel over police deaths”

Protest at the deaths of five officers reportedly shot by Israeli forces chasing Palestinian militants after Eilat attack


guardian.co.uk, Saturday 20 August 2011

Egyptian protesters gather in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP

Egyptian protesters gather in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Egypt says it will recall its ambassador to Israel in protest at the deaths of five police officers, reportedly shot by Israeli forces.

Cairo said it held Israel “politically and legally responsible” for the incident on Thursday, and demanded an investigation and an apology.

Israel has pledged to investigate the deaths, which Egyptian officials say happened during a shoot-out between Israeli forces and suspected Palestinian militants. Continue reading