Egyptian security officials say an explosion at a gas terminal near Egypt’s border with Israel has sent flames shooting into the air and forced the shutdown of the pipeline.

It is the second attack on the al-Sabil terminal near the town of El-Arish. On March 27 gunmen planted explosives at the terminal, which failed to detonate.

The officials said the valves controlling the flow of gas to neighbouring Jordan had been shut down.

The flames sent residents scurrying from their homes.

On February 5, an explosion at a different section of the pipeline severed gas exports to neighbouring Israel and Jordan for a month.