The Autonomous Administration reduced the amount of fuel allocated to northeastern Syria in conjunction with the increase in the amount of oil sent to the areas controlled by the Syrian regime from the oil fields in Hasakeh and Deir-ez-Zor.
For days, the Hassakeh governorate has been witnessing a severe fuel crisis, as the Directorate of Hydrocarbons has reduced the amount of fuel allocated to the region.
The new measure includes reducing the quantities allocated to cars, the agricultural sector, factories, commercial projects, and service institutions affiliated with the Autonomous Administration.
A confidential source from the Autonomous Administration told Syria TV that “the AANES has recently increased the amount of oil and fuel sent to areas controlled by the regime and the opposition because fuel prices are high in these areas compared to the local market.”
According to the source, “the quantities of crude oil sent to the regime constitute the largest amount of production of oil fields under the control of the SDF in the governorates of Hasakeh and Deir-ez-Zor.”
“The Autonomous Administration prefers to sell oil and fuel to the highest bidder as it seeks to improve its financial imports to increase the salaries of its employees and to implement industrial and commercial projects in the region to diversify and increase its financial sources,” he said.
Hassan al-Debs (pseudonym) from Qamishli told Syria TV that he “toured six gas stations in the city and its countryside on Saturday without being able to receive his weekly diesel allocations.”
An employee at a gas station in the city of Hassakeh told Syria TV that the Autonomous Administration is using the pretext of giving priority to the agricultural sector in obtaining fuel, which caused a shortage in the quantities allocated to gas stations.
Farmers from Hassakeh countryside confirmed that they had not received their dues of diesel in light of the drought wave in the region for the third year in a row and the lack of rain for nearly a month.
The majority of farmers who own irrigated land are forced to buy diesel at a price of 1,200 SYP per litre instead of 410 SYP because they do not receive their dues on time.
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