A FIRE has erupted on an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Syria following a suspected Israeli drone strike.
Syria’s oil ministry mentioned the blaze began after an assault originating from Lebanese territorial waters.
Unconfirmed studies from Lebanon have claimed the assault was carried out by an “Israeli plane”. The Israeli army declined to touch upon the incident to Reuters.
Battle-torn Syria has over the previous yr confronted gasoline and gasoline shortages, rationing provides in government-held areas and climbing costs.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a conflict monitor, claimed the tanker had sailed from Iran.
Observatory head Rami Abdurrahman mentioned: “It’s the primary such assault on an oil tanker, however the Baniyas terminal has been focused previously.”
A scarcity in oil has made Syria reliant on Iran for gasoline – however current US sanctions have focused Tehran and Russia for delivery oil to Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.
Baniyas homes a refinery, which together with one other in Homs, covers a big a part of demand for diesel, heating gasoline, gasoline and different petroleum merchandise, based on business specialists.
Syria has seen its oil provides plummet throughout a brutal civil conflict, with the variety of barrels produced per day plunging from 400,000 earlier than the battle to only 89,000 final yr.
Iran’s Al-Alam tv confirmed the tanker that had been hit was certainly one of three Iranian vessels that had just lately arrived on the oil terminal in Baniyas.
Syria’s official state information company (SANA) tonight mentioned the fireplace had been extinguished.
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The alleged drone strike come amid rising stress within the area between Iran, Israel and the USA.
In a report final month, the Wall Road Journal claimed Israel had focused at the very least a dozen vessels certain for Syria and primarily carrying Iranian oil since late 2019.
Israel has additionally carried out tons of of air strikes on Syrian soil because the civil conflict erupted in 2011. Most have focused Iranian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah forces.