Ancient Afghan jewelry enters Iranian black market, report says
DUBA, September 14 (Reuters) – TankerTrackers.com has visual confirmation that an Iranian tanker is unloading diesel at the Syrian port of Baniyas bound for neighboring Lebanon, the online oil shipment tracking service said on Tuesday.
“Unable to deliver directly by sea to Lebanon due to the sanctions, the ship instead traveled to Baniyas, Syria, for an overland transfer,” the company said on Twitter, referring to US economic sanctions against the government of Tehran. Syria is also under US sanctions and therefore has nothing to lose by receiving the oil.
It will take 1,310 trucks to transport the cargo to Lebanon, he added, estimating the cargo at 33,000 tonnes of diesel.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese armed Shiite movement Hezbollah, said monday that a first ship carrying Iranian fuel oil to help Lebanon through its financial crisis had docked in Syria on Sunday and that the cargo is expected to reach Lebanon by Thursday.
He added that a second vessel with fuel oil would arrive in the Syrian port of Baniyas in a few days, with a third and a fourth, carrying petrol and fuel oil respectively, also expected.
Daily life has been almost paralyzed as the fuel dries up because Lebanon does not have the dollars to pay for it. The state-owned power company produces very little electricity, leaving businesses and households almost entirely dependent on small private oil-fired generators.
A financial crisis has wiped out 90% of the value of the Lebanese pound since 2019, pushed up food prices by more than 550% and plunged three quarters of the population into poverty. The World Bank has called it one of the deepest depressions in modern history.