Yemen's Maarib 'back online'

Yemen attack: Armed tribesmen, pictured above in 2012, blew up part of Maarib pipeline earlier this month

Yemen has resumed crude oil flows on Friday after repairs to its main export pipeline following an attack by tribesmen this month, according to a report.

On 15 May, tribesmen blew up a part of the 438-kilometre pipeline that takes crude from the eastern Maarib province’s Maarib fields to the Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea.

"The technical teams have completed the repairs in Maarib and left the area escorted by security forces," the Interior Ministry in Sanaa told Reuters, and an industry source said crude flows had resumed.

Frequent attacks on the crude pipeline has cost Yemen around $400 million in lost revenue in the first quarter of 2014, the ministry said.

Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have repeatedly been sabotaged by insurgents or tribesmen since anti-government protests created a power vacuum in 2011, causing fuel shortages and slashing vital export earnings for the impoverished country.

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