A terrorist attack targeted a key gas pipeline linking al-Shaer gas fields in eastern Homs with Ebla gas plant knocking it out of service, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on July 14.
“The gas pipeline, that was placed out of service, transports 2.5 million cubic meters [of gas] per day to the Ebla plant and from there to the power plants,” the SANA’s reporter in Homs said.
According to the state-run agency, technicals are currently working to fix the pipeline, that will likely to return to service in the upcoming few hours.
There was no immediate claim for the attack. However, ISIS cells are known to be operating in the Homs desert, south of al-Shaer. Eastern Homs witnessed several attacks by the terrorist group in the last few months.
This was the second attack on a Syrian energy infrastructure this year. Last June, a sabotage operation damaged five underwater pipes of Banias’ oil terminal on the Syrian coast. The perpetrators remain unknown to this day.