Syria opposition seize oilfield

2012-11-04 15:53

Beirut - Syrian rebels seized one of the country's major oilfields in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on Sunday, a first for the opposition, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Rebels in the Jaafar Tayyar Brigade took control of Al-Ward oilfield, east of the town of Mayadin, after a siege that lasted several days," the Britain-based watchdog said.

"This is the first time the rebels have taken control of an oilfield," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP by phone.

The fighting on Sunday began at dawn and lasted several hours, said Abdel Rahman, adding that 40 soldiers guarding the infrastructure had either been killed, wounded or taken prisoner.

The rebels, who face the superior firepower of regime forces, also seized a tank, armoured vehicles and ammunition.

Several attacks have targeted the country's oil infrastructure since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad broke out in March 2011.

Deir Ezzor province, which borders Iraq, contains the largest energy reserves in the country, and Al-Ward field is one of the most important in the province.

Syria produced some 4 000 of barrels of oil a day before the United States and the European Union banned in August and September 2011 the import of Syrian petroleum and petroleum products to put pressure on the Assad regime.

Oil exports fell from 13 500 tons in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 7 000 tons in the first quarter of 2012.

Europe had previously bought 95% of Syrian oil, generating a third of the country's revenue.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-04 17:42

    . It is slow, painstakingly slow, but the Syrians are taking back THEIR country !! They will not stop, until they got every ince, of what belomgs to them!! This assad Monster, has only got a few choices left; A) Try to get away, with a few billion US in a suitcase. B)Commit suicide C)Face the same death as that other terrorist, that gaddafi psychopath.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-04 18:18

      Foxi, Maybe if you wipe the sh.t out of your eyes, you will see that I very often comment on Libya stories. You are one of this dumb pathethic loonies from the violent left, who only wish harm on the Libyan people. The fact is that your hero, that MASS MURDERER gaddafi, destroyed EVERYTHING in Libya over a 40 year reign of terror. The recent elections have shown , WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, that the by far the majority of Libyans are glad their evil nightmare has come to an end, and slowly but surely are building a better soceity for ALL Libyans. Are you not late for your 'boeremag' meeting ??????

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-04 19:21

      I would not take NO for an answer!! You meet most of the criteria; Support MINORITY rule....! Support violent and abusive behavior against the MAJORITY Blame EVERYTHING on the Communists !! And don't worry about the colour of your skin.....a boer maak a plan !! Mangope and Mantizima were also not That White..................!!!!! Ps.Patrick , aka Lesego aand that Fidel, are also members!!!! And re Libya.......The Libyans will not agree with you !!!! But than, for the violent left; Who do they think they are !!!!!!!!!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-04 22:19

      The same boring stuff from you Vox. Revolutions don't settle the day after. Obviously. Chaos precedes and SUPERSEDES all change. You have to have the balls to go through it though, which apparently you don't.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-05 02:41

      Foxi, Not true !! I am all for the 'liberation' of Bahrain, and have said so! Don't like dictatorships, and would like to see every country having a leadership with accountability! But there is a massive difference between Bahrain and Syria. First of all, the last protester who died in Bahrain, was a week before the Formula One GP, in April this year. Since than FIFTEEN THOUSAND Syrians have been murdered!!! Also in Bahrain one does not see tanks firing rckets into apartment buildings. Nor does their airforce drop ( cluster ) bombs onto residential areas. And nor do they have gunship helicopters from where soldiers fire live amunition at women and children. But there are further differences; Over the years, there have only been very sporadic protests in Bahrain, and although I support these protesters, one can hardly call this a popular uprising. But contrary to what these violent loonies from the left, want to make out,the popular uprisings, first in Libya and than in Syria, are NOT 'sudden' AT ALL!! Even at the time, where both these countries had exelent relationships with the West, there were already popular uprisings, going back FIFTY YEARS in Syria ( and went back 40 years in Libya ) Many tens of thousands of Syrians were arrested during these 50 years, they were beaten up, jailed, tortured, raped and murdered. Is shows clearly , that what these violent loonies from the left say;that this has been orchastrated by the West, is UTTER BULSH.T !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-05 07:03

      @Anthony "popular uprisings, going back FIFTY YEARS in Syria ( and went back 40 years in Libya )" The only popular uprising in Libya dating 43 years ago to be exact is the Green Revolution led by the Great Muamar Gaddafi! Stop talking out of your a$$!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-05 16:00

      That coup led by the mad man Gaddafi, which resulted in the self-enrichment of the Gaddafi clan to the tune of billions of dollars that actually belonged to the Libyan people, and the detention, torture, rape and killing of tens of thousands of Libyans, and Libya becoming a pariah state led by a nutcase, was roundly applauded and supported by Fidel and Patrick. Still is to this day.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-05 20:48

      Fidel, STOP talking this silly and childish non stop BULLSH.T During these 40 years, There were jails in Libya, bursting at its seems, with TENS OF THOUSANDS of prisoners......!! Noo, not because they did not pay a traffic fine, but because they wanted a government with accountability!! That's all !!! These prisoners were beaten up, tortured, raped and many thousands KILLED! Near these prisons, one has found mass graves with thousands of unidentfied prisoners!! Througout Libya there are THOUSANDS of shallow unmarked graves. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LIBYANS WERE MURDERED BY THESE gaddafi DOGS, LONG BEFORE FEBRUARY 2011. And Mrs pseudo intelluctual bullsh.tter wants to come and say, that there were NO popular uprisings in Libya?????????????? Go and get yourself a lolly, and suck it !!!!

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-05 09:33

    Of course, that's why they were sent to Syria. (after completing their filthy work in Libya).

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-05 16:03

      Who? The nonexistent Western fighters that the Free Syria Army are begging for? And for 4,000 barrels of oil per day? Yeah right. Just more of your made up delusion on display.

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