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Blast cuts Yemeni pipeline

05 August 2013

On August 4, Yemen’s Saba News agency, quoting an unnamed official, said that tribesmen have blown up Yemen’s main oil export pipeline at Wadi Abida, in the province of Marib. The bomb blast halted the flow of oil along the 320 kilometer pipeline linking the Safer oilfields to the export terminal in the province of Hodeida. 

According to the official, the blast is the "second act of sabotage by the same group in 10 days." 

Over the past two years, insurgents and tribesmen have repeatedly attacked oil and gas pipelines in Yemen in a bid to win concessions from the central government, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country. 

Last December, at least 17 people lost their lives after the Yemeni Army launched an offensive against tribesmen suspected of sabotaging pipelines.

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