Tribesmen blow up Yemen's main oil export pipeline

By REUTERS
September 15, 2013 03:53

ADEN - Tribesmen bombed Yemen's main oil pipeline in the central Maarib province on Saturday, a government official said, the fourth attack on the pipeline in a month.

The attack, which stopped oil flows from the Maarib fields to the Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea, caused a fire and damage to the pipeline about 40 km (25 miles) from where it starts in Maarib, the official said. No casualties were reported.The pipeline was set on fire earlier this month after threats by a Yemeni tribe following a siege on its leader's house by security forces.

Tribesmen often carry out such attacks to put pressure on the government to meet demands including jobs, land disputes or freeing relatives from prison.


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