Unknown attackers blew up an Egyptian terminal supplying gas to Israel near the Gaza Strip on Saturday, an official said, amid raging protests against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

The attackers blew up the terminal and the pipeline in the Sheikh Zuwayed area of Sinai, 10 kilometres (six miles) from the Gaza Strip, the official said.A security source said the Egyptian army closed the main source of gas supplying the pipeline. Another security source in North Sinai said it was the Jordanian branch of the pipeline, not the one leading to Israel, blaming the attack on “foreign elements”.

Israel Radio said the Egypt-Israel pipeline was not damaged, but the supply stopped as a precaution.

The attack happened as demonstrations against Mubarak entered their 12th day, with no sign of an end to the confrontation which has pitted the 82-year-old leader against thousands of anti-government protesters.

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