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Turkish army destroys oil smuggling pipeline at Syria border

In a statement released by the General Staff on Tuesday, it was stated that the army has discovered a 500-meter-long pipeline used for smuggling oil into the southeastern province of Hatay, which borders war-torn Syria, and that the pipeline was immediately destroyed.

According to the statement, a patrol unit noticed an unusual section of road in a military zone near the border. Several other units later arrived at the scene and investigated the road and found a pipeline being used to smuggle oil from the Syria side of the border.

“The pipeline was destroyed at the order of the Altınözü Prosecutor's Office,” the statement added.

Turkey's border with Syria has been practically occupied by smugglers due to the vulnerability in the area created by the ongoing civil war in Syria between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition.

Oil, cattle, tea, cigarettes, dried nuts and fruit and fresh fruits are illegally brought into Turkey from Syrian border towns, particularly those that neighbor the southern Turkish provinces of Şanlıurfa, Hatay and Kilis.

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