Tehran: Syrian Prime Minister Hussein Arnous accused that a terror attack was carried out on an Iranian oil tanker carrying oil to Syria, in the Red Sea marine region. The Syrian Prime Minister has not held anyone responsible for this attack. But Prime Minister Arnous criticised that this attack affected the oil supply to Syria. Meanwhile, a major fire broke out in the port, in the Homs region in Syria, following a blast in an oil tanker.
Since the last few months, Syria is dependent on Iran for oil. Syria is importing oil from Iran to fulfil its requirements. In the last week, seven oil tankers left for Syria from Iran. The Syrian Prime Minister accused of terror attacks on two of these tankers in the Red Sea region. It is claimed that there were 2 million barrels of oil in these two tankers. Prime Minister Arnous is complaining that these attacks delayed oil supply to Syria.
The Syrian Prime Minister did not accuse anyone of the attacks. But the Syrian media are claiming that the adversary countries or groups of Syria and Iran, are responsible for the attack. On Wednesday, While the information regarding the terror attacks on the Iranian tankers, destined for Syria, is being received another mishap was reported from the port in the Homs province of Syria. There was a massive explosion in the tankers pumping oil from the oil tankers. The exact cause of the explosion is not known. But for Syria, already faced with oil crunch, this becomes a major calamity.
Since the last few years, the United States and its allies have imposed sanctions against the Assad government in Syria and Iran. This has affected the oil transactions of Syria and Iran. Still, oil transactions are taking place between these two countries. It is claimed that the Syrian economy is dependent on oil.
Syria is an oil-rich country. It is claimed that there are oil reserves of 2.5 billion barrels of crude oil in Syria. Till 2008, Syria was producing 400,000 barrels of oil per day. But the civil war that was sparked in 2011 and the conflict with IS and other terrorist organisations, affected the Syrian oil production. Simultaneously, the oil production declined as IS and Turkey affiliated terrorist organisations took control of the oil wells and projects in northern Syria. Currently, Syria is producing only 34,000 barrels of oil per day.