US occupation loots 45 tankers of Syrian oil, smuggles them to Iraq
Syrian SANA news agency says the occupation forces used the illegitimate Al-Mahmoudiyah crossing to enter Iraqi territory and deliver the stolen oil to their bases there.
Syrian news agency SANA reported on Saturday that the US occupation forces looted a new batch of Syrian oil and smuggled them to their bases in Iraq.
Local sources from Al-Yarubiyah countryside told the news agency that a convoy of the US occupation forces, consisting of 45 tankers loaded with stolen Syrian oil, left from the illegitimate Al-Mahmoudiyah crossing and entered Iraqi territory.
This is not the first time that the US occupation loots Syrian oil and deprives Syrians of their country's wealth. In April, Syrian media cited sources as saying that the US occupation forces illegally transported 98 tanker trucks filled with oil from Syria to Iraq.
It is noteworthy that in August 2022, the Syrian Oil Ministry revealed that the US occupation forces loot the majority of Syria's oil, knowing that the daily production of the eastern oil fields is 80.3 thousand barrels.
The United States has been for years supporting the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militias, and the US-backed forces are currently occupying parts of the provinces of Al-Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, and Raqqa, where the largest Syrian oil and gas fields are located.
The actions carried out by the United States constitute state piracy with the aim of plundering Syria's oil resources and depriving the Syrians of their own resources amid a harsh economic situation caused largely by the US occupiers.
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Even after the February 6 earthquake devastated several cities across the country, the US continued to loot oil from Syrian territories under US occupation.
US troops claim to be occupying the area in order to rid the region of terrorists, yet the US has strategically implanted itself there for the purposes of stealing Syria's natural resources as well as destabilizing President Bashar al-Assad's government.
In December of 2022, Syria's foreign ministry said the US occupation forces and their affiliated military groups' systematic lootings of Syrian oil, wheat, and other national resources have amounted to direct losses valued at $25.9 billion and indirect losses valued at over $86 billion.
The Ministry then demanded the UN to once again adopt urgent steps to cease the violation of international law by the US and its allies and ensure compensation for these violations.