Fire engulfed a crude oil pipeline in Syria following an explosion on Tuesday, a report has claimed.
The blaze on the pipeline running from the al-Ramlan oilfield in Deir al-Zor province appears to be being brought under control, Reuters reported, citing unidentified residents.
The news wire report quoted an anti-government activist as saying the blast was caused by tank bombardment from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
The pipeline feeds crude to a refinery near the city of Homs, Reuters reported.
There are no reports of any injuries, but residents told Reuters that a plume of smoke could be seen rising from the pipeline, but that this has diminished during the day.
The latest reports follows claims on Monday that an “armed terrorist group” had carried out an explosion on a gas pipeline near the border with Lebanon, allegedly leading to the leaking of around 46,000 cubic metres of gas. No casualties were reported but two electricity generation plants were shut due to the blast, state news agency SANA said.
On Saturday “and armed terrorist group launched a sabotage attack” on an oil pipeline near al-Quriya city in Deir Ezzor province, the news agency also reported. Some 2000 barrels of oil were lost in the explosion and fire, it said.
Syria continues to see heavy fighting on a daily basis between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups fighting for a more democratic society.
Source: Upstream Online