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Cars Queue up to Get Gas

Despite Russian promises of fuel and wheat supplies, Damascus has witnessed lengthy queues at gas stations, writes Sowt Al-Asima.
Cars Queue up to Get Gas

Fuel shortages have caused unusually long queues at gas stations in Damascus, days after the government assured citizens of “long-term Russian supplies.”

Sawt Al-Asima correspondents monitored car queues in front of a number of stations in Damascus since last Thursday.

The queues appeared in front of the stations of Hamish, Azbakeya, Moujtahid, and Al-Sham, after they had vanished for some time.

On Sunday, the Al-Watan newspaper reported that the capital’s stations are mostly empty of gas.

The queues extended to Ibn Asakir stations and reached the internal transport company, while the Moujtahid queue almost reached the police headquarters.

According to the pro-regime newspaper, “the current decline in the quantities of gasoline distributed is estimated at 10 percent, and this situation will continue to exacerbate until more supplies arrive that contribute to finding a solution to the crisis.”

The new crisis comes after seven days of statements made by the regime’s ambassador to Moscow, Riad Haddad, in which he confirmed that “Russian supplies, including oil and wheat, have begun to arrive in Syria,” in implementation of recently concluded agreements.

According to Haddad’s statements, the supplies will continue arriving during March and April, according to a scheduling agreement. He also referred to an agreement with the Russian side on a “long-term plan.”


This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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