Northern Iraqi oil pipeline attacked by PKK terrorists

'PKK terrorists attack Ceyhan oil pipeline that taking crude oil from northern Iraq. Repair process has started,' says Turkey’s Ministry of Energy

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

PKK terrorist organization attacked the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline on Thursday once again after Feb. 17, said Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Ministry on Saturday.

The ministry reminded in a written statement that the PKK is responsible for damaging the pipeline inside the Turkish province of Sanliurfa on Feb. 17, causing a weeklong suspension of oil exports to Turkey.

"Once again the terrorist group attacked the pipeline on Feb. 25. Due to cessation of oil flow fire outbreak didn't occur at the area, however pipes are damaged," said the ministry.

The energy ministry said that terrorist organization can attempt all kinds of things to target regional stability and collaboration.

"The terror group is also a big threat for international trade,” the ministry stated.

“These attacks on the pipeline, which is an important source of income for the Kurdish Regional Government's [KRG], proved that PKK is a big obstacle for the welfare of Kurdish people in the region.”

In a written statement published on the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)’s official website on Wednesday, KRG spokesman Sefin Dizayi said PKK terrorist organization cost KRG in north of Iraq some $100 million by sabotaging the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline on Feb. 17.

Dizayi said that PKK’s actions threatened to undermine an agreement between Turkey and the KRG on the export of oil from the Kurdish region.

The KRG earns some $380 million from oil revenue each month, Dizayi noted, going on to assert that the Kurdish region was currently facing an economic crisis that has affected its ability to pay civil servants’ salaries.

TRTWorld, AA