Egyptian security forces stand in the vicinity of flames following an attack on the pipeline which carries Egypt's gas to Israel, July 12, 2011.
The Israeli Air Force has bombed all four gas pipelines bringing Egyptian gas to the besieged Gaza Strip through the Sinai Peninsula.
The pipelines were hit in Rafah on Tuesday, starting a huge fire, and cutting off one of the Hamas government’s main sources of income.
The attack comes as the Israeli regime continues its brutal assault on the Gaza Strip. Over 150 Gazans, including women and children, have been killed and 1,200 others injured in more than 1,500 Israeli attacks on the besieged Palestinian territory since November 14, 2012.
On Tuesday, Israel's Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz authorized attacks on dozens of targets inside the coastal strip and instructed commanders to "carry on as if there is no diplomatic dialogue.”
Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unrelenting poverty, and unprecedented unemployment rate among the population of about 1.7 million Palestinians.