DAMASCUS -- Rebels sabotaged a gas pipeline in northeast
Syria, state news agency SANA said, forcing the
closure of a gas plant and affecting around 10% of daily
Authorities were forced to close the nearby gas plant --
which produces 53 MMcfd of gas a day -- after the attack
in Safira, 25 km north of Deir Ezzor city, SANA said.
It said the attack was carried by "armed terrorists," the
official term for anti-regime rebels.
Infrastructure has regularly been targeted in Syria since
the March 2011 start of the country's conflict.In February,
Administration Minister Omar Ghalawanji said acts of sabotage
had caused damage worth some $11 billion.
SANA said the transport of gas would be halted,
affecting supply to power stations, but gave no further
It also reported another attack further north near Hassaka
on an oil well by "another group of armed terrorists who wanted
to steal crude oil."
SANA said technicians were repairing that well.
Last month, authorities in the violence ridden country said
daily production of gas had slumped from 24 MMcmd before the
start of the
conflict in March 2011 to 16.7 MMcmd.
More than 110,000 people have been killed since the conflict
broke out with an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's
including over 40,100 civilians, according to the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights.
Dow Jones Newswires