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Egypt Says Looting Attempt by Thieves Caused Oil Pipeline Fire That Killed 7

A health ministry spokesman, Ahmed Megahed, said the fire in the Itay el-Barud district also injured at least 16 other people, who were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

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Updated:November 14, 2019, 8:46 AM IST
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Egypt Says Looting Attempt by Thieves Caused Oil Pipeline Fire That Killed 7
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Cairo: A pipeline for oil products has caught fire when thieves tried to tap into it to siphon off gasoline in the Nile Delta province of Beheira, and at least seven people were killed, Egyptian officials said.

A health ministry spokesman, Ahmed Megahed, said the fire in the Itay el-Barud district also injured at least 16 other people, who were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. The looters caused a leak when they tapped into the pipeline, spilling gasoline into the nearby area, including down a drain, Egypt's petroleum ministry said. The fuel then caught fire on Wednesday, it said.

Footage posted online showed flames rising into the sky and people trying to put out the fire. Other footage showed other people attempting to collect the leaked fuel before the fire broke out.

Authorities said firefighters took at least three hours to extinguish the blaze, which damaged over a dozen vehicles in the area. Police arrested one person on suspicion of trying to siphon from the pipeline, Beheira Governor Hisham Amna, said in televised comments.

The pipeline moves fuel from the Mediterranean city of Alexandria to Egypt's capital, Cairo.

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