Explosion hits Syrian oil pipeline
07 February 2012
An oil pipeline feeding a main refinery in the city of Homs was in flames after an explosion, according to local reports. The pipeline, which carries crude from the eastern Rumailan field, was also hit earlier in the week.
An explosion has breached an oil pipeline feeding a main refinery in the city of Homs, Syria
The latest explosion occurred in a district contested by the opposition and President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and under intense bombardment by the latter.
Several pipelines in thearea around Homs have been damaged by explosions in the past few months.
The authorities and opponents of Assad, who has intensified a military crackdown to put down a revolt against his 11 year rule, have blamed each other for the explosions.
The official state news agency said an "armed terrorist group" bombed a gas pipeline on Sunday near the town of Talbiseh, 15 km (10 miles) north of Homs, that feeds a power station.