BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The current U.S. sanctions on Iran have had a major effect on Syria’s fuel and electrical industry, a government source told Al-Masdar News on the condition of anonymity this afternoon.
The government source said that Syria is experiencing one of its worst fuel and electrical crises of the war as Iranian ships that used to deliver oil to the Levantine country have rarely made it to their shores.
According to the source, Iranian ships used to deliver much-needed oil to Syria prior to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump; however, since the latter took office, the deliveries have become a rarity.
He added that residents of Syria’s most densely populated areas have complained of poor electricity and fuel to not only heat their homes during the harsh winter months but also to cook food in their homes.
With much of Syria’s oil under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), it has been very difficult for the government to get access to these reserves without dealing with the Coalition troops.
The Syrian government has been in talks with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) for weeks in order to reach a potential political settlement that would not only benefit Syria’s economy but also prevent a potential Turkish military operation that would give Ankara control of the northern part of the country.