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Three Million Crude Barrels Head to Syria, Defying US Sanctions

Crude barrels on their way to Syria from Iran are violating U.S. Sanctions. According to a civilian naval intelligence firm, there are four vessels with more than 3 million crude barrels. They are on their way to the Baniyas oil refinery, which is located near the Mediterranean coast. Two days ago, a satellite image was captured over the southern section of the Red Sea showing the four vessels: Sam 121, Romania, Arman 114, and Daran.

The Arman 114 is formerly known as Adrian Darya 1, which is a vessel in the center of the U.S. The Trump Administration sanctioned it in August 2019 in its attempts to transfer the oil to Syria. There has been a severe oil shortage in Syria, and it has been relying on Iranian help. With the burdening sanctions on both the countries, the deficit has turned into a crisis, causing rationing petrol and power outages.

These vessels, once arrived, will supply almost three weeks of oil supply to Syria. Samir Madani, the co-founder of Tanker Trackers, told Fox News, “Currently, one of four Iranian tankers has traversed the Suez Canal carrying crude oil for Syria’s refinery in Baniyas. Only the first 900,000 barrels are now in the Mediterranean and could reach Syria by Wednesday at the soonest. The recent delays in the Suez Canal due to the EVER GIVEN as well as today’s mishap have exacerbated the crisis for a population of 17 million.”Romania has switched off its AIS, a familiar move by the Iranian tankers to avoid being tracked.

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