Lebanon Receives Fifth Iranian Fuel Shipment

Published September 23rd, 2021 - 08:45 GMT
Iranian fuel tanker
The Libera tanker is moored off Lebanon's Beirut port on September 17, 2021. (Photo by Joseph EID / AFP)

A fifth shipment carrying Iranian fuel entered Lebanon as announced earlier by the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, according to local media sources on Thursday.

Reporting on Wednesday, the al-Mayadeen television network said the shipment was passing through the Syrian border into Lebanon carrying fuel residue.

According to Lebanese sources, the consignments were passing into Lebanon through the Hermel-al-Qasir border area.

The shipments have been reaching Lebanon in the face of the US’s sanctions targeting both the Islamic Republic and the country.

The US re-imposed its sanctions on Iran in 2018 after illegally leaving a historic nuclear accord between the Islamic Republic and world countries.

It has been enforcing similar measures against Lebanon for more than a year to pressure the country over influence wielded in its political and military sectors by Hezbollah. In the 2000s, the movement fought off two major wars on Lebanon that had been waged by the Israeli regime, Washington’s most treasured ally in the region.

The sanctions have taken huge toll on the Lebanese economy, leading to acute shortage of staples, including gasoline and diesel.

Hezbollah has, however, vowed that the country would keep importing Iranian fuel, pledging not to allow Washington to further interfere with the Lebanese people’s livelihoods.

During his speeches, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has identified the American Embassy in Beirut as the “operation room” devising sabotage plots against the country’s economy.

Announcing pending arrival of the third and fourth consignments on September 12, Nasrallah said some had hoped and speculated that the Israeli regime would intervene and target the shipments.

The speculations, however, simply served propagandist media purposes, he said, adding, “It became finally clear that such remarks are false.”

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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