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The northern Sinai desert was ablaze early Thursday morning...
The cause, an explosion in a natural gas pipeline that carries fuel between Egypt, Israel and Jordan.
Sources say improvised explosive devices were put under the pipeline and were detonated from a distance.
A message in the sand, apparently left by the assailants read: "We will not allow gas exports to Israel".
The pipeline has been a target for attacks by anonymous saboteurs since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February.
Egypt and Israel have signed a 20-year natural gas deal that is largely unpopular with the Egyptian public.
This is the sixth pipeline explosion incident since Mubarak was overthrown.
Julie Noce, Reuters