Workers from the Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company in Sidon, Lebanon, arrived last week in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to start repairs yesterday (Sunday) on the company's oil line which was damaged by saboteurs on May 31st near Banias.
MV Sign "Frontier Ahead"
CU Sign "Tapline Valve House" - ZOOM TO GV of Valve House.
GV Mine field nearby with warning signs.
MV Group of soldiers near operations scene.
CU New pipes.
SV Troops move along on jeep.
SV Engineers inspect damage.
CU damaged pipe.
CU engineer looking.
CU Damaged pipe.
CU Another engineer.
MV Engineer measures pipe section.
SV Trench digger working
SV Soldier watches bulldozer working.
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Background: Workers from the Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company in Sidon, Lebanon, arrived last week in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to start repairs yesterday (Sunday) on the company's oil line which was damaged by saboteurs on May 31st near Banias. The men, who include engineers and technician, arrived with eight truckloads of pipes, tools and equipment. The Israeli Army is committed to guarding the repair operations and workmen.
The Trans-Arabian pipeline carries about 480,000 daily barrels of oil from the Saudi-Arabian port of Dharan to the Lebanese port of Sidon -- some 3,000 miles (4,800) Kms.
The act of sabotage which caused the damage was relatively easy to accomplish, as the pipeline is above ground at this point near Banias. The explosion caused the escaping oil to flood into a tributary of the River Jordan and into Lake Tiberias -- and only rapid action by Israeli workers with bulldozers enabled the holes to be plugged before the oil reached the Sea of Galilee and most of Israel's main water supplies.
Under an agreement reached between the Company and the Israeli government, the Israeli Army undertakes to protect the line in the future as well as maintaining a round-the-clock guard on the repair operations and the workmen.