Russians Incinerate an Oil Market, Kurds Restore Sales of Syrian Oil to Syria
Ballistic missiles cause an oil fire that blazed for 19 hours
Syria is the target of a punishing US-EU economic embargo and as a result suffers from extreme fuel shortages. Meanwhile, more than half of Syria’s own oil fields are held by its secessionist Kurds who enjoy US political and military backing.
Some of the oil from Arab-populated but Kurdish-controlled eastern Syria ends up sold in Northern Iraq, but the majority is sold in Syria. Both to government areas and to the Islamist- held north (from where it often continues on to Turkey).
The Americans never liked Kurdish sales to government areas (seeing how they go against the US embargo) and after renewed Kurdish-government tension in NE Syria (where government exclaves in Hasaka and Quamishli exist in a sea of Kurdish-held territory) oil deliveries to government areas stopped earlier this year in late January.
Deliveries did not continue even after Russian mediation the Kurds and the government exclaves seemed to patch things up.
But Kurdish deliveries to areas under the control of Turkish-backed rebels continued. (Ironically this meant delivering oil to the same rebels who had joined in the Turkish capture of the Kurdish-populated Afrin region in NW Syria and the permanent displacement of Afrin Kurds by the many thousands.)
Since earlier this month Kurdish deliveries to Syrian government areas have been restored.
One thing that took place just before the oil supply was restored was that multiple “Tochka” ballistic missiles incinerated an oil market in the rebel-held north, where oil from Kurdish-held Syrian oil fields continued to be transported to, even after the embargo on government-held areas.
Perhaps these two events are not connected. Another possibility is that the Syrians asked the Russians for help with showing the Kurds that if they stopped selling to the government then neither would they be selling to the rebels.
#Syria: massive explosions tonight after pro-Assad forces fired again missiles targeting makeshift oil refineries & fuel cisterns in the NE. #Aleppo countryside. Area hit is in the S. #Jarablus CS. Casualties reported. pic.twitter.com/lns1kmfhV5
— QalaatM (@QalaatM) March 5, 2021
More ballistic missile strikes on other oil markets now in northern Syria, this time near al-Bab pic.twitter.com/rWkNeNn2K5
— ELINT News (@ELINTNews) March 5, 2021
One more footage shows the recent missile attack on the illegal oil market belonging to #TSK-backed militants in #Aleppo province, #Syria
At 30 trucks of stolen oils were burned down.
Kurds lost some customers……pic.twitter.com/kQ2QOVh8vN
— Sukhoi Su-57 Felon 🇷🇺🇮🇳 (@I30mki) March 6, 2021
— Rojava Network (@RojavaNetwork) March 5, 2021
— Nurlana Khalil (@NuNurlanax) March 6, 2021