Syria Adopts New Measures to Confront Fuel Shortage

Published April 15th, 2019 - 10:45 GMT
In recent months fuel and oil shortages have rocked regime-held areas of Syria.
In recent months fuel and oil shortages have rocked regime-held areas of Syria. (Shutterstock)
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he cabinet is seeking to "regulate the distribution at petrol stations.

Syria adopted new measures Sunday to curb fuel shortages that the regime has blamed on strangling Western sanctions on the war-torn country.

The ministry of petrol and mineral resources in April temporarily slashed the daily cap on subsidized petrol by half, from 40 to 20 liters per vehicle.

On Sunday the cabinet blamed the crisis on "economic sanctions" that are targeting the energy sector and "preventing the arrival of oil tankers in Syria", in comments on the ministry's Facebook page.

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But it promised an easing of the crisis in the coming days, Agence France Presse reported.

The cabinet said it is seeking to "regulate the distribution at petrol stations." 

In recent months fuel and oil shortages have rocked regime-held areas of Syria.

Authorities estimate that since 2011 Syria's oil and gas sector has suffered some $74 billion in losses.

Prime Minister Emad Khamis, quoted in local press, said Iranian tankers supplying  Syria  had been halted due to US sanctions on Tehran. 



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