At least eight people were killed when armed tribesman launched an attack on Friday to stop maintenance crews repairing an oil pipeline blown up last month in southeast Yemen, the Arab News said.

Six soldiers guarding the crews and two tribesmen were killed in the assault, which succeeded in halting work on the line linking Yemen’s Masila oilfields to the Al-Dabbah export facility on the Arabian Sea.

The pipeline, with a capacity of 120,000 barrels per day, was blown up twice in two days last month by unidentified assailants, disrupting oil exports.

The tribes have also attacked government and energy facilities and late last month overran an oil ministry building in Hadramout.

Yemen’s oil income has been in decline for the past decade but still makes up around 70 percent of state revenues.


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