This after on the same night the Islamic State announced via its Telegram channel that it sabotaged the gas pipeline, which transports natural gas between Egypt and Israel.
Egyptian security officials described that at least six masked militants planted explosives under the pipeline near the remote town of el-Arish, while Reuters cited witnesses who say it caused a major blast in the process.
However, despite regional news reports airing footage of a fireball over the sight reaching high into the sky, authorities say it didn't impact gas transport and that the pipeline is still operational.
"Three witnesses told Reuters they saw flames and thick plumes of smoke rose from the pipeline, from their vantage points in and around the city of al-Arish," according to a report. "North Sinai local authorities said in a statement the fire had been extinguished and it had not affected gas supplies."