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Terrorists blow up gas pipeline in Syria: State media
Smoke rises after a Syrian gas pipeline near the western city of Homs was attacked by armed groups. (File photo)
Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:7PM
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Syrian state media say terrorists have blown up a section of a pipeline carrying gas through the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

The attack was carried out on Saturday, state media said.

This is not the first time a Syrian gas pipeline comes under attack by armed groups over the past year.

In January, Syrian state media also said terrorists attacked an oil pipeline near Quriye area in Deir al-Zour.

An armed terrorist group also blew up a section of a gas pipeline in the central province of Homs near the Lebanese border in January, state media said.

The Saturday attack in the region was conducted on the same day when state media said Syrians held a demonstration in the provincial capital, Deir al-Zour, to express support for the government’s reform programs and to reject foreign interference in the internal affairs of Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad endorsed a new constitution on February 28 as part of the promised reforms in the country. The draft was put to vote in a February 26 referendum and won the overwhelming support of the Syrian voters.

President Assad said on March 6 the Syrian people, “who have in the past managed to crush foreign plots… have again proven their capacity to defend the nation and to build a new Syria through their determination to pursue reforms along with the fight against foreign-backed terrorism.”


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