Tribesmen blow up Yemen's main oil export pipeline: government official

ADEN Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:50am EDT

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ADEN (Reuters) - Tribesmen bombed Yemen's main oil pipeline in the central Maarib province on Saturday, a government official said, the fourth attack on the pipeline in a month.

The attack, which stopped oil flows from the Maarib fields to the Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea, caused a fire and damage to the pipeline about 40 km (25 miles) from where it starts in Maarib, the official said. No casualties were reported.

The pipeline was set on fire earlier this month after threats by a Yemeni tribe following a siege on its leader's house by security forces.

Tribesmen often carry out such attacks to put pressure on the government to meet demands including jobs, land disputes or freeing relatives from prison.

Yemen, which relies on crude exports to finance up to 70 percent of budget spending, has suffered frequent bombings of its main pipeline since an anti-government uprising broke out in 2011.

Yemen - which borders Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter - is struggling to reassert state control over the country against one of the most active franchises of the al Qaeda network founded by Osama bin Laden. It is also facing a growing secessionist movement in the south.

(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf; Writing by Mirna Sleiman; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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zeddd wrote:
A secret report within the Guild. Three Countries have come to our attention … regarding a plot which could jeopardize spice production. Nation Middle East, source of the spice. Nation Saudi Arabia, home of House Harkonen. Nation America, home of the Emperor of the Known Universe. Send a third stage Guild Navigator to America to demand details from the Emperor. The spice must flow…

Sep 14, 2013 9:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
hardquestions wrote:
Backward and miserable about their predicament, the tribesman will not live and let live. What do they hope to achieve? Keep Yemen in the dark ages?

Sep 14, 2013 10:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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