Gunmen bomb Yemen's crude pipeline after military offensive

Gunmen bomb Yemen
# 07 December 2012 22:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Yemen's oil export pipeline was bombed again on Friday night, a few hours after the government launched a major assault on tribesmen who were accused of repeatedly attacking the country's main crude line, officials said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The fresh attack was the fifth of its kind against Yemen's main crude pipeline in less than a month. The government failed to repair it due to continuing conflicts in the Marib province, highlighting the persistent insecurity in the country even one year after political upheaval.

The officials said fighter jets and military helicopters were also engaging in the hours-long offensive earlier in the day against hideouts of the suspected armed tribesmen in Wadi Abida area of the northeast oil-producing province of Marib.

The Interior Ministry said that the tribal gunmen also attacked parts of the country's main gas-powered electricity station in Marib in revenge for the military assault, which triggered frequent blackout in the country's major provinces, including the capital Sanaa.

The 272-mile (about 438 km) pipeline carries about 110,000 barrels of oil a day from the oilfields in Marib to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea.

On Wednesday, Marib's second oil export pipeline that pumps some 8,000 barrels of crude per day to the export terminal on the Gulf of Aden was halted after tribal fighters attacked a section of the line in the southeast province of Shabwa.

The Yemeni transitional government, which depends on oil exports for up to 70 percent of its budget, is struggling to launch a UN-backed reconciliation national dialogue by the end of this month to reunite the divided nation.