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Egypt arrests man in connection with gas line attacks

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December 27, 2011 | 3:48 pm

People look at flames rising from blown pipelines in Sinai on Nov. 28. Photo by REUTERS/Stringer

People look at flames rising from blown pipelines in Sinai on Nov. 28. Photo by REUTERS/Stringer

An Egyptian man, 20, has been arrested in connection with several attacks on a pipeline in the Sinai that carries gas to Israel.

The Egyptian state news agency MENA made the announcement Tuesday. The suspect is reported to be a resident of Arish, near the site of several of the attacks.

Articles on how to manufacture and use explosives were found on the suspect’s laptop, MENA reported, according to Reuters.

The pipeline has been attacked 10 times in the last year, since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown, forcing major disruptions in the gas supply to Israel.

Egypt supplies Israel with more than 40 percent of its natural gas needs to produce electricity; electricity prices have risen by more than 10 percent in Israel since the attacks began.

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