...

Hezbollah-organized fuel arrives in crisis-hit Lebanon




  • In US
  • 2021-09-16 07:23:06Z
  • By Associated Press

AL-AIN, Lebanon (AP) - A convoy of tanker trucks carrying Iranian diesel crossed the border from Syria into Lebanon early Thursday, a delivery organized by the militant Hezbollah group to ease crippling fuel shortages in the crisis-hit country.

The delivery violates U.S. sanctions imposed on Tehran after former President Donald Trump pulled America out of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers three years ago.

It was portrayed as a victory by Hezbollah, which stepped in to supply the fuel from its patron, Iran, while the cash-strapped government grappled with the fuel shortages for months.

The first Iranian oil tanker arrived in the Syrian port of Baniyas on Sunday and the diesel was unloaded to Syrian storage places and later brought overland to Lebanon. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech earlier this week that the tanker did not offload its cargo directly in Lebanon to avoid embarrassing Lebanese authorities and risking sanctions on Lebanon.

There was no immediate comment from Lebanese or U.S. officials on the Iranian fuel delivery Thursday.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV called it "the tanker truck convoys to break the American siege" adding that 20 tanker trucks each carrying 50,000 liters (13,210 gallons) crossed the border Thursday and were on their way to the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek where Hezbollah will start distributing the fuel.

Lebanon is in the grips of a devastating economic crisis. Severe shortages in fuel have paralyzed the country, resulting in crippling power cuts that have disrupted the work of hospitals and bakeries. Just to get gasoline, people must wait hours in line, commonly called, "queues of humiliation."

The tanker trucks crossed from Syria's central province of Homs into Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and were welcomed by residents who gathered on the sides of the main road. Hezbollah's yellow flags and banners praising the Iran-backed group and Syria's President Bashar Assad decorated the streets.

The arrival of the Iranian diesel comes nearly a week after a new government was formed ending a 13-month deadlock. Lebanon's new Prime Minister Najib Mikati has not commented on the deal to import fuel from Iran.

Nasrallah said earlier this week that the diesel will be donated for a period of one month to institutions including public hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, water stations and the Lebanese Red Cross. Nasrallah added that others who will get fuel at low prices are private hospitals, medicine and serum factories, bakeries and cooperatives that sell food products.

Nasrallah said three other tankers carrying diesel and one carrying gasoline will arrive in the coming weeks.

COMMENTS

More Related News

UN: Syria constitution drafting process
UN: Syria constitution drafting process 'big disappointment'
  • US
  • 2021-10-22 16:48:46Z

The first round of talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to draft constitutional reforms in Geneva ended in disappointment and no new date...

Report: Foreign aid lost in Syria exchange rate distortions
Report: Foreign aid lost in Syria exchange rate distortions
  • World
  • 2021-10-22 15:03:29Z

Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has diverted at least $100 million in currency from international aid money to state coffers over the past two...

Turkey
Turkey's Halkbank can be prosecuted over Iran sanction violations, U.S. appeals court rules
  • World
  • 2021-10-22 14:09:21Z

(Reuters) -A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that state-owned Turkish lender Halkbank can be prosecuted over accusations it helped Iran evade American...

US, Europeans renew call for Iran diplomacy
US, Europeans renew call for Iran diplomacy
  • World
  • 2021-10-22 09:37:11Z

The United States and three European powers agreed Friday in consultations in Paris on the need for Iran to return quickly to talks amid growing alarm over a...

Russia
Russia's Putin hosts Israeli PM Bennett
  • World
  • 2021-10-22 09:16:18Z

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope on Friday that new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett would continue in the footsteps of his predecessor ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US