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Syria says militant attack shuts down gas pipeline

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian state media say a militant attack has shut down a gas pipeline in the country’s center.

The SANA news agency said Sunday that technical teams are working to fix the pipeline that runs through the central Homs province, linking the Shaer fields to the Ebla processing plant. It did not elaborate on the extent of the damage or the nature of the attack.

The agency says the pipeline carries about 2.5 million cubic meters of gas to the processing plant and onward to power stations.

Islamic State militants briefly seized the Shaer fields in 2014 and 2016 before pro-government forces recaptured them in heavy fighting. Today much of Syria’s oil fields and infrastructure are held by U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led forces in the east.

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