The pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan was last attacked at the end of June
File picture shows Turkish special forces members at the Ceyhan crude oil terminal near Turkey's southern coastal city of Adana, Turkey, in July 2006. Turkish officials Saturday blamed sabotage for a fire on a pipeline carrying Iraqi crude to Ceyhan from where it is transported to world markets, Anatolia news agency reported. © Mustafa Ozer - AFP/File
The pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan was last attacked at the end of June
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Last updated: July 21, 2012

Pipeline fire halts Iraqi crude supplies to Turkey

Turkish officials Saturday blamed sabotage for a fire on a pipeline carrying Iraqi crude to a Mediterranean port from where it is transported to world markets, Anatolia news agency reported.

The fire on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline erupted late Friday between the villages of Sogutlu and Senkoy in southeastern Turkey, the governor of Mardin province, Mardin Turhan Ayvaz said, blaming it on "sabotage.

"We have cut the oil flow," he said. "There are no deaths or injuries. Fire fighters are there on the spot."

The 970-kilometre- (600-mile-) long pipeline has been the target of regular attacks blamed by Ankara on the Kurdistan Peoples' Party or PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey and by much of the international community.

The group took up arms in Kurdish-majority southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

The pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan was last attacked at the end of June.

© AFP 2012

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