Gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai attacked, imports from Israel unaffected

Egyptian security forces have been battling an Islamist insurgency concentrated in North Sinai and that has escalated since 2013. (Reuters)
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Updated 03 February 2020

Gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai attacked, imports from Israel unaffected

  • Masked gunmen drove a four-wheel drive before detonating explosives in the attack

CAIRO: Armed men attacked a gas pipeline in the north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula late on Sunday, security sources and witnesses said, but gas imports through North Sinai from Israel were unaffected.
Egyptian security forces have been battling an Islamist insurgency concentrated in North Sinai and that has escalated since 2013 with small-scale attacks common.
A group of gunmen detonated explosives on the pipeline west of el-Arish on Sunday, causing a fire but no casualties, security sources and witnesses said.
The pipeline carries gas to homes and factories in el-Arish and central Sinai and has been attacked several times previously, the sources said.
Daesh's Sinai affiliate said in a statement it had carried out an attack on a pipeline linking Egypt and Israel, without providing evidence.
Egypt began importing gas from Israel last month through a pipeline owned by the East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG), which includes a subsea connection between el-Arish in Sinai and Ashkelon in Israel.
The gas is imported from Israel's Leviathan field. A statement from partners developing the field said there had been no damage to the EMG pipeline.
"The flow of gas from Leviathan to Egypt is continuing as normal," the statement said.
Yossi Abu, chief executive of Israel's Delek Drilling , which has stakes in Leviathan and the EMG pipeline, said on Monday the project had a "very significant security system".
"We are not blind to the risk and are prepared for every scenario," he told an investors' conference, adding there was an alternative pipeline system, a quick response mechanism for faults and insurance to cover any damage affecting Israeli gas exports to Egypt or Jordan.


Oman’s expat exodus continues as country continues nationalization push

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Oman’s expat exodus continues as country continues nationalization push

  • The expat population in Oman stood at 1,747,844 in August
  • The new figure comes as the country continues to implement nationalization programs

DUBAI: More than 50,000 expatriates left Oman in August, national daily Time of Oman reported, citing government data.

The new figure comes as the country continues to implement nationalization programs, particularly integrating more Omanis into the country’s workforce.

According to the new census provided by the National Center for Statistics and Information, the expat population in Oman stood at 1,747,844 in August, which showed a decrease of 53,895 from the previous month.

More than 6,000 locals have been added to the country’s national population in the same period.

But the massive decline in the number of expats in Oman has resulted in a general 3.88 percent population dip – from 4,527,934 to 4,480,333 between August 2019 and 2020.

All governorates in Oman reported a decline in population, but Muscat, the country’s capital city, showed the drop at 6.2 percent, followed by the southern governorate of Dhofar with a 5.6 percent drop.