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Southern Iraq oil pipeline attacked

A pipeline in southern Iraq was sabotaged at dawn, said workers from the South Oil Company (SOC) as they battled to extinguish the raging fire. The damaged pipeline links the Rumayia and Zubeir 2 oilfields, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the main southern city of Basra, the source added. From Zubeir 2, oil is pumped out to the southern export terminals. An SOC official also said a leak had been discovered on a pipeline leading to the Hamar Mishrif pumping depot, 60 kilometres south of Basra. On Thursday, officials said eight pipelines, part of a cluster of 20, that feed two southern oilfields were sabotaged in an overnight explosion, affecting exports and dealing a blow to Iraq’s vital but beleaguered oil industry. Full Story

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