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Fire after attackers strike gas pipeline in Deir el-Zour

A gas pipeline was attacked in eastern Syria Saturday causing fire but no casualties, state media reported.

SANA said the attack occurred in the area known as Abu Khashab in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack but sleeper cells of the Islamic State group are known to be active in the area.

Syria's oil and gas infrastructure has been hit over the past years by acts of sabotage, but no one has ever claimed responsibility for such attacks.

The nearly 10-year conflict, which has killed about half a million people, also badly affected oil and gas fields, many of which are outside government control.


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