The Syrian Oil Ministry said a fire damaged the gas pipeline in the
eastern province of Dir Al Zour near the border with Iraq. The ministry,
however, denied reports of a bombing and said the pipeline was being
The ministry said Syria was maintaining gas output through other
pipelines. Syria is said to produce 350,000 barrels of crude oil per day as
well as natural gas.
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Officials, however, acknowledged that Islamist fighters were
infiltrating Syria from neighboring Iraq and Turkey.
They did not rule out a
campaign to undermine the Assad regime by sabotaging Syria's energy sector,
deemed a leading earner of foreign currency.