ISIS militants blew up gas pipeline located northwest of the Syrian city of Palmyra, in a new move to destroy the Syrian heritage and social life in general.
ISIS group blew up a gas pipeline near the Hayan gas facility located northwest of the Syrian city of Palmyra, local media reported.
According to Syrian state TV broadcaster, the fire near the gas plant has been raging for several hours.
Last week, the terrorists set on fire the remains of the gas facility, which they blew up a month ago.
ISIS blew up yesterday “Hayyan” Gas company in Hijaz region in the eastern countryside of Homs using tons of highly explosive material.
The ISIS official media wing released footage of their terrorists planting explosives inside the Hayyan Gas Company factory in eastern Homs, shortly before detonating the bombs on Sunday afternoon, local time.
The company, that was taken over by ISIS last month after a fierce attack on the eastern countryside of Homs, produces about 3.5 million cubic meters of gas, about 6 thousand barrels per day, and 180 thousand tons of gas for household usage.
The company is considered Syria’s biggest gas supplier and started working in 2011 at a cost estimated at 290 million euros.
Whit this order, the Syrian government no longer has the reserves to provide millions of civilians in Damascus, Homs, and Hama much needed gas during these frigid Winter months.
The attack, which cut supplies to the capital Damascus and other areas, was grimly well timed with a cold snap set to sweep the country.
The electricity in Homs has been cut off since the explosion worsening the living conditions. The civilians depend on the electricity for heat as the fuel is expensive and rare.
The Syrian Meteorology Department said yesterday temperatures would fall four degrees below the winter average, going as low as 2°C, with snow forecast on high ground.
In Damascus, the problems are doubled. The water has been cut in Damascus sine 18 days because of the regime’s military operations in Wadi Barada valley, which is the source of drinking water of the city.
This attack leaves Assad regime a few choices.
It was initially believed that the military operation in Palmyra against ISIS would not begin until February or even March. However, reports say that the regime forces are going to accelerate the timing of this assault in their attempt to retrieve natural resources from ISIS and to absorb the growing dissatisfaction of the civilians.