"The pipeline was sabotaged at around 5 pm (1400 GMT) and the explosion holed the line and sparked a fire," said Sheikh Mohsen Mabkut bin Mayili, a tribal head in Marib province.
He said the attack was probably the work of tribesmen seeking concessions from the government, not Al-Qaeda. It was the sixth act of sabotage this year on the pipeline to Ras Issa terminal on the Red Sea, he said.
Some 125,000 barrels a day normally flow through the line, accounting for the bulk of Yemen`s oil exports. (*)