June 10, 2011 / 1:54 PM / 8 years ago

Egypt resumes natural gas supply to Israel-reports

JERUSALEM, June 10 (Reuters) - Egypt resumed pumping natural gas to Israel on Friday after supplies were halted in April following an attack on a pipeline, Israeli media reports said.

Experimental testing on the pumping of gas to Israel and Jordan began on Tuesday after repairs were made to the pipeline that was attacked in April, Ampal-American Israel Corp AMPL.TA said.

Israel gets up to 45 percent of its gas from Egypt. Supplies were stopped after the blasts on Egypt’s side of the pipeline in the wake of political turmoil following the ousting of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt said in April it would review its gas contracts with other states including Israel and Jordan.

The exports have long been a contentious issue in Egypt, with the media and ordinary Egyptians accusing Mubarak’s government of selling gas too cheaply to Israel.

Egypt signed a peace deal with Israel in 1979 but ties have never been very warm. (Writing by Ori Lewis; editing by James Jukwey)

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