The United States and the terrorist group Al-Nusra Front are working together to prevent the entry of oil products into areas controlled by the Government of Syria.
As reported on Thursday by the Arab international newspaper Rai al-Youm, in the framework of association with U.S. sanctions against Syria, the terrorist group Al-Nusra Front (self-named Fath Al-Sham Front) has increased its control over the strategic crossing of Al-Eiss, located in the south of the city of Aleppo, north of the Arab country.
Rai al-Youm has indicated that the main objective of the Al-Nusra Front to control the Al-Eiss crossing is to curb the entry of petroleum products into areas under the control of the Syrian Government, chaired by Bashar al-Asad.
For its part, the Al-Nusra Front has confirmed that its members have repeatedly stopped the transfer of fuel at the Al-Eiss crossing.
The areas controlled by Damascus are besieged by the United States and with United States sanctions, the supply of fuel and oil has faced difficulties. The international Arab newspaper has announced long queues at service stations in Syrian cities, particularly Damascus.
The Syrian Ministry of Petroleum recently denounced that since the 15th of last October, no oil tanker has entered the waters of Syria.
According to a report published by the local newspaper Al-Watan, Syria needs about four and a half million litres of petrol, six million litres of diesel and 200 tonnes of gas. The report has indicated that the fuel crisis in Syria has several causes, including Washington sanctions.
Crude oil production in the Arab country is not sufficient for the country’s domestic consumption. Crude oil production currently stands at 24 000 barrels, while the Arab country needs 136 000 barrels of oil.
The Syrian government has repeatedly denounced the US military presence in its country, while warning that Washington’s real objective is not to fight terrorists, but to fragment the Arab country and seize its assets.
The United Nations (UN) denounces that sanctions against Syria disproportionately affect civilians, especially the most vulnerable population.