After explosion of over ten oil trucks affiliated to “Al-Qaterji” company in Homs | Ministry of Internal Trade raises petrol price
The Syrian regime’s Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection has set the new prices of petrol, which will be applied starting from tomorrow, and they are as follows:
Premium subsidized petrol: 475 SYL per litre.
Premium non-subsidized petrol: 675 SYL per litre.
Octane 95: 1,300 SYL per litre.
This development comes in the wake of the explosion of several oil trucks in Homs city, as SOHR sources have confirmed that the number of oil trucks affiliated to “Al-Qaterji” company which exploded near a reservoir in front of the Syria Gas Company (SGC) in Homs exceeded ten. The explosions led to outbreak of fires and caused substantial material damage.
It is worth noting that Al-Qaterji company transport crud oil from SDF-held areas to regime-controlled areas. The company’s oil trucks usually take roads pass through the Syrian desert where they are sometimes attacked by ISIS cells.
On January 10, the regime’s Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources issued a decision, on the previous day, reducing the amount of the citizens’ fuel allocations. The regime justified the decision by the scarcity of oil resources in the country in the light of the international sanctions.
The Ministry decided to temporarily reduce the oil allocations distributed to the provinces, by 17% for petrol and 24% for gasoline.
In this context, the phenomenon of selling fuel on the black market emerged, where fuel was available at triple the price, as one litre of gasoline is sold for about 2,000 pounds while a litre of diesel is sold for about 1,500 Syrian pounds.
On December 10, SOHR activists monitored a fire in the petrol upgrading unit in Banyas refinery in Tarus province, which caused substantial damage.
It is worth noting that widespread popular discontent prevailed throughout regime-controlled areas over the fuel crisis, as SOHR reported a few days ago that the Syrian regime-held areas across Syrian provinces were experiencing a growing fuel crisis, with the regime’s inability to meet the civilians’ need of fuel, and the spread of corruption in the regime’s institutions responsible for distributing fuel.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored long lines of vehicles at petrol stations in Damascus, Tartus, Aleppo and Latakia, where hundreds of cars were forced to queue for long hours to fill up with fuel.