The Syrian Government : The interception of oil tankers in the red sea caused a shortage of fuel in the country.
The Syrian prime minister “Hussein Arnous”, spoke about the fuel crisis that the country has been witnessing for nearly 2 weeks, referring one of the reasons to the interception of tankers heading to Syria while they were passing through the red sea.
Arnous said that the 7 oil tankers heading to Syria were intercepted, the last of which were the 2 tankers that were targeted in the waters of the red sea, which led to their arrival delayed for more than a month, and as a result of this, the Banias refinery stopped production and a shortage in the quantities of oil derivatives required to fill the country’s needs of gasoline and diesel.
Arnous explained that the quantities of the imported gas reached during the past 6 months approximately 80 million tons with a value of 41 million dollars, and the amount of imported gasoline is 253000 tons at a cost of 122 million dollars, while the imported quantities of diesel reached 195000 tons with a value of 83 million dollars.
In the past 2 weeks, all the Syrian governorates witnessed a new fuel crisis, which restored the appearance of cars queuing at petrol stations, amid a shortage of supplies in conjunction with the weakness of the distribution of diesel for heating provided by the Syrian government at a subsidized price.
Noting that the gasoline crisis began to show signs of decline in its severity, days later from the ministry of oil and Mineral resources announcing the resumption of the Banias refinery, and the arrival of the late supplies.
Syria is living under the unjust economic blockade imposed by the US on it, which causes successive economic crises in the country, while the Syrian government, with the help of friendly countries such as Russia and Iran, seeks to mitigate the effects of these sanctions and secure the main supplies for the Syrian people.