Tribal saboteurs bomb Yemen’s oil export pipelineSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 11/01/2013 3:44 am in World / no comments
SANAA, Jan. 10 — Armed tribal saboteurs bombed Yemen’ s main oil export pipeline on Thursday morning, nearly 10 days after the line was repaired following a military offensive on the saboteurs, officials said.
“Subversive elements attacked the oil pipeline in the area of Anshar in Sarawah district in the northeast province of Marib at dawn Thursday, causing the crude oil to flow in large quantities into the desert,” the defence ministry said in a brief statement on its website.
The sabotage occurred after heavy clashes late Wednesday between the armed tribesmen and the army stationed alongside the pipeline, the ministry said without further elaborating.
Local security reports indicated that those saboteurs have links to provincial terrorist groups affiliated with the al-Qaida wing.
The fresh attack was the seventh of its kind in less than two months targeting the pipeline, which carries about 110,000 barrels of crude oil a day to the country’s main oil terminal on the Red Sea for export.
The flow was resumed on Dec. 31, 2012 after the government repairs the pipeline, which came following a tribal mediation that ended a seven-week conflict between local military authorities and tribesmen whom the government accused of repeatedly attacking the line.
The previous sabotages promoted the army to launch a massive offensive last month against the suspected tribal saboteurs, leaving at least 10 tribesmen killed and more than 15 others injured.
The cash-stripped Yemeni interim government depends on oil exports for up to 70 percent of its budget.?