Key gas pipeline in Syria crippled after attack



CAIRO (dpa)- A major gas pipeline in central Syria has been knocked out of service after a terrorist attack, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Sunday.
The attack targeted the pipeline stretching from the Shaer field to the Ebla processing plant in the central province of Homs, according to the agency. It did not say when the attack took place.



There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the reported attack.
Islamic State militants are active in the region.
Technicians from the Syrian Petroleum Ministry are working to fix the pipeline, SANA added.
The pipeline transfers 2.5 million cubic metres of gas per day to the plant that feeds electricity stations, the agency said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, confirmed the attack on the facility, saying it is not clear yet if it had been mounted by Islamic State.
Earlier this month, the radical group ambushed government forces in rural Homs, killing six soldiers, according to the watchdog.
In recent months, Islamic State has suffered military setbacks and territorial losses in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.
The extremist group heavily relied on revenues from energy-rich areas under its control in order to finance its operations.
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Monday, July 15th 2019
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