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Terror militants affiliated with al Qaeda blew up Yemen’s only gas export pipeline on Monday, local officials said, in a further blow to a moribund but vital piece of infrastructure for an impoverished country battered by 20 months of war.

The explosion occurred in the remote desert area of al-Uqla in the southern province of Shabwa, the officials said, and severd the link between Yemen’s gas-producing Marib region and the export terminal of Balhaf on the Arabian Sea, reported Reuters.

Oil and gas once accounted for most of Yemen’s state revenue before a civil war spurred by Iran-aligned Houthis for an attempt at a power grab halted their export and unleashed a humanitarian crisis.