Iran says Israel behind gas pipeline blasts

The blasts termed as "acts of terror," were aimed at disrupting gas supplies to major provinces, says Iran's oil minister Javad Owji

The blasts occurred on 14 February at two points along the national natural gas transfer network in the provinces of Fars, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari (representative image) (photo: DW)
The blasts occurred on 14 February at two points along the national natural gas transfer network in the provinces of Fars, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari (representative image) (photo: DW)
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Iran's oil minister Javad Owji has said that the blasts that hit the country's gas transfer pipelines a week ago were an "Israeli conspiracy".

On the sidelines of a cabinet meeting in the Iranian capital Tehran, Owji on Wednesday, 21 February pointed to the blasts that occurred on 14 February at two points along the national natural gas transfer network in the provinces of Fars, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, according to the Shana News Agency affiliated with the Iranian Oil Ministry.

After the blasts, the damaged gas pipelines, which were mostly located in the mountainous and hard-to-reach areas, were soon repaired and were able to resume operations, the Iranian Minister said, adding the blasts failed to disrupt gas supplies to any part of the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

Owji said on Saturday the explosions were "acts of terror" that aimed at disrupting gas supplies to major provinces, according to Shana.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosions.

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Published: 22 Feb 2024, 8:53 AM
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