Saboteurs bombed an Egyptian gas pipeline in the Sinai peninsula on Monday, sending flames into the sky and cutting supplies to Israel and Jordan, a security official said.

Officials said a car had parked near the pipeline in the Bir al-Abd area, 80 kilometres (about 50 miles) from the north Sinai town of El-Arish, shortly before the explosion.

Emergency services were deployed to the area to try to bring the fire under control, the official said.

It was the third attack since February, when an uprising toppled former president Hosni Mubarak and saw power handed over to a military council.