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Syria: Foreign-sponsored Terrorists blow up gas pipeline in Homs

Foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists have blown up a gas pipeline running in the eastern countryside of Syria’s central province of Homs, putting it out of service.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Sunday that “the gas pipeline… was put out of service by a terrorist act,” adding that “technical teams are working to repair it in the coming hours.”

The report added that the pipeline transports gas from the government-controlled Shaer field to the Ebla plant.

The pipeline carries about 2.5 million cubic meters of gas to the processing plant and onward to power stations, according to SANA.

Remnants of Daesh terrorist group are present in the Badiya desert of Homs Province. The area is the scene of regular clashes between Syrian government forces and the extremists.

Daesh briefly took control of Shaer fields in 2014 and 2016 before Syrian army soldiers, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, recaptured them.

Syria has faced gas shortages as pipelines have come under attack on several occasions.

On June 22, explosive devices damaged underwater pipelines used to deliver crude oil from tankers to the Baniyas refinery in the western Syrian province of Tartus, causing an oil spill, SANA reported.

The sabotage was “qualitative and professional”, an unnamed high-ranking official at the Syrian Company for Oil Transport said at the time, adding that a foreign state coordinated with the perpetrators.

Back on January 30, 2012, the pro-government and private Addounia television network reported that a “terrorist group” had blown up a gas pipeline running between the center of the country and its coast.

The report said the blast had occurred near Telkalakh, close to the Lebanese border, and caused a leak of about 460,000 cubic meters of natural gas.

According to Reuters, today much of Syria’s oil fields and infrastructure are held by US-backed and Kurdish-led forces in the east.

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