Unidentified Gunmen Blow up Oil Pipeline in Shabwa

Unknown militants blew up an oil pipeline in Shabwa province, eastern Yemen, Yemen News Portal reported on Sunday, based on testimonies of local sources.

According to the sources, it is believed that members of pro-UAE factions known as the “Shabwa Defense” who were laid off from their units by the Southern Traditional Council (STC) planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) under a pipeline transporting oil from the fields in Ayadh and Al-Uqla areas to the port of Nashmiyah.

The attack took place in Habban district.  The pumping of oil has stopped as a result, one of the sources said.

This is the second step of escalation by those who were laid off from their units in Shabwa, where they had previously held a mass demonstration in Ataq to condemn the decision to stop their salaries.

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