The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed that the pro-regime business group “Al-Qaterji” continues exporting oil, under Russian protection, to regime-controlled areas in return for allowing food to be entered to areas controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF).
Trucks and oil tanker trucks are seen traveling through Al-Tayeh crossing in rural Manbij in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, Al-Tabaqah and Al-Hourah crossings in rural Al-Tabaqah in Al-Raqqah, and Al-Ma’amel crossing in rural Deir Ezzor.
According to SOHR, tens of oil trucks transport crude oil daily from the oil fields that are under the control of SDF to regime areas, despite the valid US sanctions imposed on the Syrian regime.
Meanwhile, many substances, products and goods, including vegetables, fruit, cement, steel, and electric appliances, are exported from regime-controlled areas to SDF areas.
The war-monitor said SDF add customs tariffs on these goods’ value.
Remarkably, the regime-controlled areas suffer from acute shortage of fuel and oil products in the wake of international sanctions imposed on the Syrian regime for years.