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Source: Fars News

“The attack hit the pipeline which carries crude from the Safer oilfields, in the Al-Habab area of Maarib province, to Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea,” local officials said, Al-Jazeera reported.

The pipeline carries around 70,000-110,000 barrels per day of Marib light crude. It was repaired in late May after a previous attack by tribesmen.

Yemen’s oil and gas pipelines have repeatedly been sabotaged by rebels or tribesmen since 2011, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the country.

Tribesmen carry out such assaults to press the government to provide jobs, settle land disputes, or free relatives from prison.

“Attacks on the crude pipeline cost Yemen around USD 400 mln in lost revenue in the first quarter of 2014,” the interior ministry said in May.

Yemen is struggling to restore state authority after Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to step down from the presidency in 2011. It relies on crude exports to bolster foreign currency reserves and finance up to 70 percent of government spending.

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