Several tankers with Syrian oil were destroyed on Sunday as a result of rocket and artillery strikes near the city of Jerablus on the border with Turkey. As reported by Al-Hadath TV channel, warehouses with oil products in the border villages of Hamran and Tarhib were also shelled.
According to preliminary data, there are dead and wounded among the militants of the Ankara-backed armed formations of the Syrian opposition. Their number is being specified.
On March 7, the attacks were carried out on the oil market in the city of Al-Bab, which is also controlled by pro-Turkish groups and is located 38 kilometers north of Aleppo. Then, according to Al-Hadath, at least 180 fuel tankers and trucks were destroyed, four people died, another 24 were injured and burned. Oppositionists told Al-Hadath that the fire came from the positions of the Syrian army in the area of the artillery school in Aleppo.
The government newspaper Al-Watan, however, notes that oil markets and warehouses are being fired upon by members of warring opposition groups. They seek to establish control over border crossings in northern Syria used to smuggle out stolen Syrian oil.
Ankara created during the military operation “Shield of the Euphrates”, which was carried out in 2016-2017, a security zone in the triangle between the border cities of Azaz, Jerablus and Al-Bab. In 2018, Turkish troops occupied the Afrin area following Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish forces.