Oil tanker off Syria coast on fireplace; authorities says drone assault


Syria’s oil ministry mentioned a fireplace has erupted in a tanker on its coast after what it mentioned was a suspected drone assault on Saturday.

The official state information company mentioned the hearth within the oil tanker outdoors Baniyas refinery has been extinguished.

The oil ministry mentioned the hearth began after a suspected drone assault that originated from the Lebanese territorial waters. It supplied no additional particulars and didn’t specify the place the tanker was arriving from.

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Syria’s oil sources are principally outdoors of government-controlled areas however two of its refineries are working. This makes Damascus reliant on Iran for gasoline. However U.S. Treasury sanctions have focused a community that spanned Syria, Iran and Russia chargeable for transport oil to the Syrian authorities.

There was a sequence of mysterious assaults on vessels in current months. They’ve come amid rising pressure within the area between Iran, Israel and the United States.

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There was an assault earlier this month on an Iranian cargo ship that’s mentioned to function a floating base for Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces off the coast of Yemen. The shadow struggle within the Mideast waters first burst into the open in 2019 when the U.S. Navy blamed a sequence of blasts in June that 12 months within the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Iran.

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