SYRIAN GOVERNMENT ADOPTS NEW MEASURES TO CONFRONT FUEL SHORTAGE

Syria adopted new measures Sunday to curb fuel shortage. Earlier Syrian Government has blamed on Western sanctions that were imposed on the war-torn country.

The ministry of petrol and mineral resources in April temporarily slashed the daily cap on subsidized petrol by half, from 40 to 20 liters per vehicle.

On Sunday the cabinet blamed the crisis on “economic sanctions” that are targeting the energy sector and “preventing the arrival of oil tankers in Syria”, in comments on the ministry’s Facebook page. The cabinet said it is seeking to “regulate the distribution at petrol stations.”

But it promised an easing of the crisis in the coming days, Agence France Presse reported.

Authorities estimate that since 2011 Syria’s oil and gas sector has suffered some $74 billion in losses.

Prime Minister Emad Khamis, quoted in local press, said Iranian tankers supplying Syria had been halted due to US sanctions on Tehran.

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