Power-line attack plunges Yemen into darkness
Assault on lines linking Sanaa with al-Qaeda stronghold
Marib trips national grid, cutting off power to all
Jun 11,2014 - aljazeera.com
has suffered repeated power outages in recent months [Reuters]
Yemen remains in a state of total darkness a day
after a series of attacks on power lines left the
country without electricity.
The country's energy ministry reported power lines
linking the capital, Sanaa, with the al-Qaeda stronghold
of Marib were attacked on Tuesday, leaving the entire
nation of 23 million people without power.
"The act of sabotage at Kilometre 78 suspended
the entire national power and energy grid, including
at Marib's gas plant, and cut power in all provinces," a
ministry spokesman told the defence ministry news
According to state news agency Saba, power lines
in Marib had come under attack twice.
Technical teams were attempting to fix the lines
after the first assault, but gunmen sabotaged them
a second time and prevented technicians from fixing
Attacks on power lines in Yemen are common and are
often launched by heavily armed tribesmen as a lever
to press for the release of jailed relatives or to
support other demands.
The country has suffered repeated power outages
in recent months, with the absence of reliable electricity
supplies further complicating the lives of Yemenis,
who already suffer water and food shortages.
Residents in Sanaa have complained of severe fuel
shortages for weeks, with motorists having to queue
for hours at petrol stations.
Yemen is the Arab world's most impoverished nation
and has been suffering from a decade-long al-Qaeda
insurgency, as well as tribal and sectarian conflicts.