Last updated: 13 July, 2011

Blast hits gas pipline in northeast Syria

An explosion hit a gas pipeline in northeastern Syria late Tuesday in the first attack on the country’s energy infrastructure since protests erupted in March, a human rights activist said.

“The explosion hit the gas pipeline last night at 11 pm (2000 GMT) in Al-Tayyaneh notheast of the town of Mayadin,” the director of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP in Nicosia.

State-owned Al-Ikhbariya television said it was an oil pipeline in Deir Ezzor province that was hit and that the blast had caused no casualties and “limited damage”.