UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A gas pipeline running from the poet’s field in the Syrian desert to the center of the country stopped working as a result of a “terrorist” attack, the official SANA news agency reported.
The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdul Rahman, in turn, that the line was targeted from the field of the poet, the largest gas fields in Syria, “an improvised explosive device” without being able to identify the responsible.
Militants from the Islamic State Organization are in the Syrian Badia in the center of the country. There are clashes between them and government forces.
“The line of transmission of gas between the poet’s field and the Ebla gas plant in the eastern Homs countryside is out of service because of a terrorist act,” SANA said, adding that the pipeline “carries 2.5 million cubic meters per day to Ebla plant and from there to power plants.”
Sana did not elaborate on the attack and how it was obtained, and said work was under way to repair the damaged line.
Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the oil and gas sector suffered major losses estimated at more than $ 74 billion of fighting and the loss of government control of major fields as well as severe economic sanctions.
In 2017, after the regime restored control of the Homs fields after it was under the control of the Islamic State Organization, production increased in a limited manner, but it still does not meet the needs of Syria.
Today, the forces of the regime and the Syrian democratic forces share mainly the oil and gas resources. The most prominent oil fields are located under Kurdish control, while Damascus controls the most prominent gas fields, most of which are located in the province of Homs.
Syria has been suffering for months from a severe fuel crisis exacerbated by recent US sanctions on Tehran, Damascus’s main backer, with a credit line linking Iran to securing oil.
Last June, Damascus announced a number of sea pipelines in the port city of Banias, a “sabotage” operation, and accused parties linked to external “states” to be behind them.
During the years of conflict, the refinery stopped working dozens of times, with oil tankers unable to reach it, as has happened in recent months.
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