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an attack targeted Saturday an Iranian tanker whose tanks caught fire, off Syria, the first attack of the genre since the beginning of the war in this country there is At 10, has indicated a Syrian NGO.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), based in London and which has a vast network of sources in Syria, was unable to specify the origin of the attack in the immediate future. -A drone or a missile.
"We do not know either if it is an Israeli attack or not," said AFP the director of OSDH, Rami Abdel Rahmane. "The Iranian tanker who came from Iran was stopped not far from the port of Banias at the time of the attack" and one of the tanks was touched, according to the same source.
Three deaths in the attack of an Iranian tanker near Syria
© SANA / AFP of the smoke escapes from the Iranian tanker after the attack off Syria, April 24, 2021. A tanker Iranian was the target on Saturday of an attack off Syria, which cost the life to three Syrians, including two crew members. This is the first of its kind since the beginning of the war in this country. An attack against an Iranian tanker took place on Saturday, off the Syria . Three people lost their lives and one of the reservoirs of the ship was hit.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is an allied country of the bachar al-Assad regime in Syria but an enemy of Israel. Israel periodically targets Iranian positions in Syria. And there are a dozen days, Iran accused Israel of "sabotage" in its Natanz uranium enrichment plant.
A Damascus, the Ministry of Petroleum, cited by the official Sana Agency, said that the fire was in one of the tanks of an unidentified tanker, touched "presumably" by a drone attack, off Banias.
"A fire has declared itself in one of the tanks (...) after being likely to have the target of an attack on the drone," said the department in a statement. The fire is now "mastered".
None of the sources reported victims.
This is the first attack of the genre since the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011, according to the NGO.
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neighbor of Syria, Israel has conducted hundreds of strikes, including using drones, against the positions of Syrian power and its allies, the Iranian troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, another enemy sworn. Hebrew state.
Israel says try to prevent Iran from setting up in Syria. The Israeli army has rarely recognized publicly its strikes in Syria.
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Thursday, a Syrian officer was killed near Damascus in Israeli strikes According to OSDH, Israel claiming to respond to a missile shot from Syria and fell in the southern Israeli territory, near a nuclear installation.
Several hydrocarbon installations were the target of attacks in Syria.
In February 2020, four petroleum and gas sites in the Central Homs province were attacked by armed drones, causing fires and material damage.
These attacks that have not been claimed, have occurred a week after sabotage by unknown offshore pipelines of the Banias refinery. Similar sabotage conducted using explosives on pipelines, held six months earlier.
The war in Syria, triggered in 2011 by the repression of pro-democracy events, has cost tens of billions of dollars to the hydrocarbon sector.
Western penalties on petroleum transport, as well as American punitive measures against Iran, have made imports all the more complicated.
Before the conflict, the production of Syrian crude oil reached nearly 400,000 barrels a day. In 2020, it was only 89,000 b / d according to the Minister of Petroleum, of which up to 80,000 from Kurdish areas escaping the power control.
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oil spill in yellow sea off China .
© AFP Tide black oil tide in yellow sea off the east of China, after the collision between a tanker and a bulk tree. Some 400 tons of oil spilled in the yellow sea after the collision between a tanker and a bulk offend from Qingdao's Chinese port (EST) announced the Maritime authorities on Thursday.