Sinai Province militants threaten, attack Jordan’s natural gas supply

Published January 13th, 2016 - 09:59 GMT

In the latest edition of its weekly newspaper, Al-Nabah, released on Tuesday, Daesh directly threatened Jordan's king Abdullah II, saying that: "Jordan's apostate ruler will have natural gas only with the permission of Amir al-Mu'minin [Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi]."

On January 8, the Daesh branch in Egypt, Sinai Province, attacked the El-Arish pipeline to Jordan, blowing up the pipeline which carries gas from Egypt to the Hashemite Kingdom. Since the Egyptian uprising of 2011, that vital pipeline has witnessed more than 30 attacks by different militant organizations.

Following the attack, Sinai Province’s media institute released a statement on Twitter, claiming: "In a blessed operation, Islamic State soldiers attacked the pipeline that supplies natural gas to the apostate Jordanian government from the city of El-Arish. 

The statement was ended with a promise that "not a single cubic foot of gas will reach the insignificant state of Jordan without the permission of Amir al-Mu'minin,"adding that: "The jihadists will continue attacking the interests of the apostate rulers in the Middle East and their economic facilities, which they ironically use to fight Islam and the Muslims."

Daesh's Thursday attack on the pipeline might stand behind the concern voiced recently by senior Israeli official in the Ministry of Defense, Amos Gilad, for the stability of Jordan in light of Daesh’s growing presence in the region.

By Maayan Groisman

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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