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ISIL terrorists destroy key Syria gas pipeline: Monitoring group

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows a general view of the Shaer gas field in Homs province on November 15, 2014. (AFP)

ISIL Takfiri terrorists have blown up a pipeline carrying gas from eastern Syria to the capital Damascus, a UK-based monitoring group says.

The Takfiri militants blew up the pipeline, which ran close to the T-4 military airport in the east of central Homs province, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

"This pipeline was used to carry gas into the suburbs of Damascus and Homs to generate electricity and provide heating in individual homes," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the monitoring group.

The militants have taken over a number of gas and oil field in Homs, the most recent of which was during their attack on the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra that fell into the hands of ISIL militants in May.

6,000 Syrians flee conflict

Syrian refugees wait for transportation after crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tell Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, on June 10, 2015.(AFP)

According to Turkey's emergency management agency, over the past week at least 6,000 Syrians have fled over the border into turkey to distance themselves from clashes between ISIL militants and Kurdish forces near the northern Syrian city of Tell Abyad.

The agency made the announcement on Wednesday, adding that most of the refugees had entered Turkey via the border town of Akcakale, where they are being screened for health issues before being transferred to specially allocated camps.

US citizen killed in Syria

Meanwhile, according to regional authorities, US citizen Keith Broomfield was killed while fighting alongside Kurdish forces who are battling ISIL militants.

Nasser Haji, a Kurdish official, said that Broomfield was killed on June 3 during clashes with ISIL in the Syrian village of Qentere, near the border town of Kobani.

Broomfield’s death, which is probably the first of a US citizen fighting alongside the Kurds, has been confirmed by the US State Department.

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