Yemen insurgents blow up pipeline

Monday, September 15, 2003

CAIRO Yemeni insurgents have blown up the nation's main oil pipeline.

Officials said the insurgents destroyed Yemen's oil export pipeline in the Maareb province. No casualties were reported in Friday's attack on the 420-kilometer pipeline.

The pipeline has been operated by the U.S.-based Hunt Oil Co. The attack took place in the Serwah region of Maareb, about 170 kilometers northeast of Sanaa.

Serwah has been the refuge for Al Qaida-related insurgents, Middle East Newsline reported. The province has been the stronghold of the Gahm tribe, which has participated in the insurgency against the Sanaa government.

The pipeline extends from the oil fields in Maareb, operated by Hunt, to the Red Sea port of Ras Issa. Officials said Hunt staffers began repairing the pipeline.

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