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Apr 5, 2021
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A fleet of tankers heading for fuel crisis-ridden Syria

Iran sent a shipment of oil to Syria, where areas controlled by the government of President Bashar al-Assad are plagued by a fuel crisis that has caused power outages and “paralyzed government agencies,” Asharq Al-Awsat, a pan-Arab newspaper (headquartered in London), reported today April 5 …

Syrian Electricity Minister Ghassan al-Zamil explained the increase in electricity rationing by the lack of energy resources in the Arab Republic, be it oil or gas.

In the areas under the control of Damascus, there has recently been an acute shortage of oil products. Observers attribute this, among other things, to the complication of the task of delivering fuel to the country with the help of Iranian sea tankers in connection with the threat of sabotage from the Israeli side.

One way or another, a million barrels of Iranian crude oil is approaching the Suez Canal from the Red Sea, according to the online tracking service TankerTrackers.

“This is part of a large fleet of tankers bound for the port of Banias, Syria. We visually identified them all. The first one will arrive in about three days, it all depends on the congestion of the route, ”noted in TankerTrackers.

Before the war, Syria produced nearly 400,000 barrels of oil a day. But ten years of conflict devastated its oil production and led US-backed Kurdish forces to seize control of the country’s largest fields, including Al-Omar in Deir ez-Zor province, which produced 75,000 barrels of oil per day in 2010. … The local authorities estimate the losses of the Syrian oil sector over the 10 years of the war at $ 91.5 billion.

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