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Firefighters put out a fire on an oil tanker off Syria’s Banias refinery after a suspected drone strike from the direction of Lebanese waters.

Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency denies this is an Iranian ship. TankerTrackers said in a tweet that “the tanker seen on fire today off the Banias coast is not an Iranian ship” but is registered by Beirut.

There could be a drone strike

Syria’s state news agency SANA, on Sunday, cited an oil ministry statement, giving no further details of what it said was a drone strike.

It said the blaze erupted after “what is believed to be a drone attack from the Lebanese waters”.

Iran’s Arabic-speaking Al-Alam television station reported some damage to an Iranian tanker but there were no casualties. However, Iran’s Tasnim news agency, citing “some sources”, said: “The crash happened with another ship … and it did not involve an Iranian cargo ship.”

According to a war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) based in Britain, at least three people were killed.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of SOHR, said: “At least three Syrians were killed, including two members of the crew” in the attack that caused the fire, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of SOHR , said.

Al-Mayadeen TV pro-Damascus said the tanker suspected was hit by an Israeli drone. The Israeli military declined to comment.

In a report released last month citing US and Middle East officials, the Wall Street Journal said Israel had targeted at least a dozen ships to Syria, most of which were carrying Iranian oil, since the end of the year. 2019.

Hundreds of Israeli airstrikes have also attacked Syria since the war began in 2011, mainly targeting government allies from Iran and the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon, as well as Syrian forces.

Earlier last year, Damascus said that divers had placed explosives on the offshore pipes of the Banias refinery, but the damage did not stop their operations.

And in February 2020, four oil and gas extraction sites in central Homs province were hit with armed drones, causing fires and material damage.

Attack on Natanz

Saturday’s attack came after a Syrian officer was killed and three soldiers were injured on Thursday in Israeli-launched attacks after a missile was fired at a secret nuclear site in Israel.

The Israeli military at the time said surface-to-air missiles were launched from Syria south of the Negev desert, where the Dimona nuclear reactor was located.

The exchange of flames comes less than two weeks after Iran accused Israel of being a “terrorist” following an explosion at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.

Israel is considered the leading military power in the region and is widely believed to possess its only nuclear arsenal.

It never revealed its nuclear arsenal, but foreign experts say it has between 100 and 300 warheads.

Lack of fuel

According to industry experts, the Syrian coastal town of Banias has an oil refinery along with another in Homs that meets a significant portion of the country’s demand for diesel, heating fuel, and petroleum. and other petroleum products.

The war-ravaged country has faced gas and fuel shortages over the past year due to supplies in government-held areas and rising prices.

Syria has become increasingly dependent on Iranian oil shipments in recent years but the tightening of Western sanctions on Iran, Syria and its allies, as well as the currency crisis , making it more difficult to find enough supply.

The pre-war output was 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in Syria.

However, it was only at 89,000 bpd by 2020, the Syrian oil minister said in February, of which as many as 80,000 bpd came from Kurdish areas outside of government control.



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