Syria Says Crude Oil Supplies to Arrive ‘Soon’ from Friendly Countries

Cars line up at a gasoline station as they wait to fuel up in Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters)
Cars line up at a gasoline station as they wait to fuel up in Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters)
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Syria Says Crude Oil Supplies to Arrive ‘Soon’ from Friendly Countries

Cars line up at a gasoline station as they wait to fuel up in Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters)
Cars line up at a gasoline station as they wait to fuel up in Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters)

Syria’s Oil Minister Bassam Tohme announced on Sunday a partial breakthrough in the country’s recent gasoline crisis, pointing to the arrival of new crude oil supplies “soon.”

Ending the crisis depends on the arrival of oil shipments to Syria, Tohme explained.

He said the Syrian government is working to resolve this issue in cooperation with “friendly countries.” He did not disclose the countries he referred to.

Tohme said the country has resumed distributing 95 octane gasoline, adding that regular 90 octane gasoline will be boosted from Sunday to all provinces, up by 620,000 liters.

The minister said these additional quantities would gradually limit the queues at gas stations, hoping that the crisis would end completely within a few weeks with the arrival of the oil shipments to the Baniyas and Homs refineries.

In late March, the fuel crisis returned prompting long queues.

Oil supplies from Iran have stopped since mid-March after Tehran requested the bill to be paid in cash.

In a meeting with the Labor Union in Damascus last week, Prime Minister Hussein Arnous said “sanctions are a lie, and the truth is that Syria has no money to import oil, while all countries want cash, including the Iranians.”

Experts indicate that Syria’s oil reserves will soon run out, while Arnous previously revealed that there are 50 million liters of gasoline and 33 million liters of diesel.

The war in Ukraine has cast a heavy shadow on the economic situation in Syria, as Russian and Iranian supplies to the war-torn country were affected by Western and US sanctions.

Arab media reports revealed that the government called on Arab countries to allow the private sector to supply Syria with oil and wheat, circumventing the sanctions.



Netanyahu Warns a Lebanon War Could be Next

FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 28, 2023. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 28, 2023. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP, File)
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Netanyahu Warns a Lebanon War Could be Next

FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 28, 2023. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 28, 2023. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the current phase of fighting against Hamas in Gaza is winding down, setting the stage for Israel to send more troops to its northern border to confront Hezbollah.

The Israeli leader said in a lengthy TV interview that while the army is close to completing its current ground offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, that would not mean the war against Hamas is over. But he said fewer troops would be needed in Gaza, freeing up forces to battle Hezbollah.

“We will have the possibility of transferring some of our forces north, and we will do that,” he told Israel’s Channel 14, a pro-Netanyahu TV channel, in an interview that was frequently interrupted by applause from the studio audience. “First and foremost, for defense,” he added, but also to allow tens of thousands of displaced Israelis to return home.

Netanyahu said he hoped a diplomatic solution to the crisis could be found but vowed to solve the problem “in a different way” if needed. ″We can fight on several fronts and we are prepared to do that,” he said.
He said any deal would not just be “an agreement on paper.” He said it would require Hezbollah to be far from the border, an enforcement mechanism and the return of Israelis back to their homes. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated shortly after the fighting erupted and have not been able to go home.

Hezbollah has said it will continue battling Israel until a cease-fire is reached in Gaza. The group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, warned Israel last week against launching a war, saying Hezbollah has new weapons and intelligence capabilities that could help it target more critical positions deeper inside Israel.