The Bashar Al-Assad Syrian regime has once again renewed its accusation of “stealing oil” from fields in the north-east of the country by the United States, state-run SANA news agency reports.
“The American forces brought this morning [Monday] to the Iraqi territory a convoy of vehicles, most of them were tanks loaded with oil they had stolen from the countryside of Hasaka, through illegal crossings in Hasaka’s eastern countryside,” the agency said.
Citing civilian sources, SANA said a convoy of 37 oil tanks and a number of other vehicles, protected by American military vehicles, arrived in Iraq through the Mahmoudiya crossing, north-east of Syria.
The regime’s accusation against Washington coincides with an unprecedented fuel crisis in the areas under its control.
Syria has repeatedly accused the US of stealing its resources. In August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that the losses incurred by the oil and gas sector in the country amounted to $107.1 billion since the outbreak of the revolution in 2011.
The ministry held Washington and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) responsible for these losses.
The United States has not commented on the Syrian regime’s accusations, but has previously dismissed such reports as “false”.
In late August, SANA reported that US sent Syrian stolen oil from Syria to US military bases in Iraq.
“The latest shipment was sent in two batches from oil fields in the northeastern province of Hasakah early Sunday morning with the help of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces,” reported SANA
The US forces sent 137 oil-laden tankers from oil fields in northeastern Syria to its bases in Iraq, the latest shipment of stolen Syrian oil to be delivered to US bases in Iraq, state news agency SANA reported.
The latest shipment was sent in two batches from oil fields in the northeastern province of Hasakah early Sunday morning with the help of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said SANA.
With the latest shipment, the US has taken a total of 535 tankers of stolen Syrian oil since August 11, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Syrian government has accused the US of stealing the natural resources in Syria, such as oil, gas and wheat.
On August 8, the Syrian Oil Ministry said in a statement that the US and its mercenaries are stealing an average of 66,000 barrels of oil per day in Syria, nearly 80 % of Syrian production.
The prolonged crisis has cost Syria’s oil industry direct and indirect losses of $105 billion, according to the statement.
Prior to the 2011 war, Syria produced about 400,000 barrels of oil per day.