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Yemeni tribesmen blow up Marib oil pipeline, stop crude flows

Published on Mar 22, 2014 11:02 PM

SANAA (REUTERS) - Yemeni tribesmen bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline on Saturday, forcing oil flows to be stopped, industry sources told Reuters.

Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have repeatedly been sabotaged by insurgents or angry tribesmen since anti-government protests created a power vacuum in 2011, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country.

Its main export pipeline carries around 70,000-110,000 bpd of Marib light crude an export terminal on the Red Sea.

"The pipeline was attacked by tribesmen. The damage is quite big and oil flow as stopped," said an industry source, declining to be identified.

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