Iran Claims Israel Is Responsible for ‘Plot’ Against Gas Pipelines

Flames leap into the air after a natural gas pipeline explodes outside the city of Boroujen in the western Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, Iran, Feb. 14. (Reza Kamali Dehkordi/Fars News Agency via AP)

DUBAI (Reuters) – Israel was behind last week’s attack on Iranian gas pipelines, Iran’s Oil Minister Javad Owji claimed on Wednesday according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

Two explosions hit Iran’s main south-north gas pipeline network on Feb. 14 and were initially described by Owji as a “terrorist act of sabotage,” without naming any suspects.

“The enemy intended to disrupt households’ gas supplies… but within two hours our colleagues worked to counter the Israeli plot which only damaged several pipes,” Owji said on Wednesday.

In December, a hacking group that Iran accuses of having links to Israel claimed it carried out a cyberattack that disrupted as much as 70% of Iran’s petrol stations.

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