Iraqi Fuel Crosses Syria Towards Lebanon, ‘Abu al-Fadl’ Grabs its Share

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more tankers loaded with Iraqi fuel entered Syrian territories on Sunday, headed towards Lebanon, according to Asharq al-Awsat.
Iraqi Fuel in Syria to Lebanon

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that more tankers loaded with Iraqi fuel entered Syrian territories on Sunday, headed towards Lebanon.

About 39 Iraqi fuel tankers entered through the crossings that are under the control of pro-Iran militias in al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal in the eastern countryside of Deir-ez-Zor, heading to Lebanon via the city of Homs.

This is the second batch in a week to cross the Syrian territories towards Lebanon. The first batch included around 50 tankers.

According to SOHR sources, nine of the 39 tankers that entered Syria on Sunday were taken to al-Mayadin, under the protection of a militia called Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas, where fuel was stored in recently rehabilitated large tanks that ISIS had set up during its control of the area.

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This comes amid a severe fuel shortage in Syrian regime-controlled areas, as a result of the cessation of smuggling operations from the regions run by the Syrian Democratic Forces, on the other bank of the Euphrates River.

On Aug. 29th, the Observatory reported the entry of about 50 tankers loaded with gasoline from Iraq into Syria, through the al-Boukamal crossing in Deir-ez-Zor’s countryside, under the protection of the Fourth Division forces. According to the Observatory, the tanks were destined for Lebanon.

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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