Fire ripped across the deserts of Egypt today as extremists detonated bombs on the Egyptian-Israeli pipeline, cutting off the flow of oil. Emergency services dispatched to the area have reported that the fire will take days to extinguish. While the flow of oil was quickly halted the fire continues fester. Nobody was killed in the explosion. Civilians have been evacuated and advised to not return to the area until the fire is completely under control.
Israel confirmed that the flow of oil has stopped and is looking into alternative means of supporting themselves while the pipeline is repaired. Jordan, who relies on eighty percent of their energy from the Egyptian-Israeli pipeline have been forced to import Radicals in the Egyptian government and populace seek to permanently cut off supply to Israel, due to historic hostilities. This would be catastrophic for the countries relations; the fragile Middle East rests on the ominous edge of another tortuous conflict.
This is the third attempted bombing of the pipeline. The first explosion halted the oil delivery for a full thirty-eight days. The second explosives, set over a month later, failed to explode and were safely removed by Egyptian bomb squads. Today, the third set detonated, causing skyrocketing flames and a rain of debris.
Many Egyptians are outraged that Egypt is sending valuable oil to its traditional enemy Israel; not only does more than half of the population want to stop the oil transfer many want to terminate the peace treaty between the nations. This anger, amidst an uneasy peace that has gripped Egypt, has resulted in radicals targeting the pipeline.
Previously the Energy Minister of Egypt was arrested and interrogated for the low rates the pipeline has delivered oil to Israel. Many believed, whether they were biased by their cultural tendencies, that the oil was under priced far below market price and selling the oil to Israel was against the interests of Egypt.
Both Israel, who receives forty percent of their energy from the pipeline, and Jordan, who receives eighty percent of their oil from the pipeline, are forced to get alternative sources of fuel. Israel is pushing forward with opening up its own oil fields, called the Tamar Gas Fields, to supplement its own energy needs. Jordan has announced that they will import the more costly diesel.
Some are speculating that the region is set for war regardless of how this crisis is resolved, the radicals in Egypt and Jordan have gained enough power to win governmental support for attack Israel. This pipeline sabotage might be the opening move in a long and costly war. If this is the case, oil will be the least of concerns to what will doubtlessly evolve into the most devastating war of the twenty first century and the Jasmine Revolution.