BEIRUT – Three oil facilities were simultaneously attacked in the central Syrian province of Homs, causing material damage, the Syrian government announced on Saturday.
“A systematic and simultaneous terrorist attack was launched against three of our oil facilities,” the Syrian Ministry of Oil and Mineral Recourses said in a brief statement on its Facebook account.
The attack targeted “the refinery and the Homs gas plant in the south of the central province, as well as the al Rayyan gas station,” causing damage to some of the production units, the statement added without providing more details.
Firefighters immediately headed to the scene to extinguish the fire, the statement ran. “The technical teams began to repair” the damaged units.
The government did not specifically accuse any actor and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that drones were employed in the attack, which provoked the fire after some pipes exploded.
The UK-based war monitor that has a wide net of collaborators on the ground did not report any casualties.
The attack came 24 hours after “a violent attack carried out by members of the Islamic State” on a site of the Syrian regime in Homs’s desert, the SOHR added.
On March 23, the IS was “territorially” defeated in its last stronghold in eastern Syria, but still maintains positions in the wide Syrian desert, in the center of the country, and continuously attacks government troops stationed in the areas they control, near the monumental city of Palmyra.
Both Homs and the province of Deir al Zur are very rich in oil.
To the east of the Euphrates River, in Deir al Zur, US troops are protecting the oil facilities from the jihadist threat after retiring from the north of the country.