The pipeline carries about 2.5 million cubic meters of gas to a processing plant and onward to other power stations.
The pipeline specifically links al-Shaer gas field with Ebla Gas Factory in eastern Homs countryside, according to reports. Syria's official SANA reported that "Terrorists vandalized the gas pipeline which extends from al-Shaer field to Ebla Gas Factory as the pipeline went out of service."
The report indicated further that "technical workshops affiliated to the Petroleum Ministry started to work on fixing the gas pipeline in order to pump gas through it again over the coming hours," and strongly suggested that "remnants of ISIS terrorists" conducted the attack.
n 2014 and 2016 ISIS militants briefly seized the Shaer fields, after which pro-government forces returned them to Damascus control in heavy fighting. The AP noted:
The SANA news agency didn't name the attackers. The area in the central Homs province is close to where remnants of the Islamic State group are still holed up after losing all the territory they once held in the country.