Isil 'sets off earthquake by blowing up major gas field' in Syria
Images from social media allegedly show vehicles and weaponry captured from SAA by Isil in the battle of the Shaer gas field CREDIT: @ISLAMICWORLDUPD
Richard Spencer, middle east editor 16 MAY 2016 • 7:54PM
Islamic State jihadists were last night reported to have blown up a major gas field in eastern Syria, setting off a minor earthquake in nearby Palmyra.
The Syrian regime has been fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant north of Palmyra, since it retook the town with the help of Russian air strikes and Iranian-supplied militias in March.
The Shaer oil-fields 30 miles to the north have changed hands a number of times recently, but as the regime attacked on Monday a series of major explosions was heard.
A 4.4 magnitude earthquake reported near Palmyra. Looks like#ISIS has wiped the entire Shaer & not only the Gas fields.. #Syria
#ISIS accounts celebrate the news of blowing up entire Shaer gas fields on this hashtag since few hours ago:#تفجير_حقل_شاعر_بالكامل #Syria
7:26 PM - 16 May 2016
This seemed to coincide with reports of a 4.4 Richter scale earthquake around Palmyra.
It was unclear exactly what had caused the explosion, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war from London, said that the jihadists had blown up the field’s pumping stations.
Pro-Isil social media celebrated the explosions, saying they had prevented the “enemy” exploiting what its fighters could not.
Photographs also posted online showed what were claimed to be Russian military advisers along with Russian-supplied tanks near the front line at Shaer.