Yemen pumps again

Yemen has started pumping crude oil through its main export pipeline again after clashes between soldiers and tribesmen killed seven.

Repairs were completed on Thursday after the pipe was blown up on 12 July in the Serwah area of the central Maarib province, Reuters said.

Five government soldiers and two tribesmen were killed in fighting which erupted when troops fought off gunmen blocking a road leading to the site.

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

The Maarib pipeline carries up to 110,000 barrels per day to the Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea.

It was repaired in late May after a previous attack by tribesmen.

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