United Nations is seeking to raise $ 10 billion to support displaced Syrians

United Nations is seeking to raise $ 10 billion to support displaced Syrians

According to a newspaper, Syrian officials said they started fueling with the Suez Canal being closed for the sixth day, causing significant shipments in the country and oil shortages. Guardian.

The global supply chain has been disrupted since last Tuesday, when the container ship “Evergiven”, which is longer than the four football stadiums, went around the Suez Canal on Tuesday morning, ever since shipping was disrupted in both directions in the adult waterway. happened.

Navigation disruptions led to traffic congestion in the canal and a long queue of over 300 ships crossing the 193-km canal, causing severe delays in the delivery of oil and other products.

All efforts so far have failed to float a 400-meter-long, 59-meter-wide vessel with a gross tonnage of 224,000 tonnes, which was on a voyage from China to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The Syrian regime’s oil ministry said on Saturday that oil imports were affected by the closure of the trade route and slowed the arrival of a ship carrying fuel and petroleum products from Iran, an ally of the government.

The ministry statement said that it is rationalizing the distribution of available petroleum products to ensure continuity of basic services such as bakeries and hospitals.

Oil Minister in the Syrian regime Basam Tohme told state television that the shipment would arrive at the port of Baniyas on Friday. He said that if the canal continued to be closed, the ship could turn around Africa.

Tohme said in February that the country enjoyed relative energy independence before the war, but has lost an estimated $ 91.5 billion in oil and gas revenue over the past decade.

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Pre-war production was 400,000 barrels per day, compared to only 24,000 in 2019. 80,000 barrels per day were coming from Kurdish areas outside government control, where more than 90% of the country’s reserves are located.

Syria has been engulfed in civil war since 2011 and is facing a serious economic crisis. It had already announced a 50% increase in gasoline prices in mid-March.

The head of the Suez Canal Authority said that high winds were “not the only reason” for the fragility of Mount Evergreen on Tuesday. He confirmed that the investigation is ongoing but that no human or technical error has been ruled out.

Rabei said he could not guess when the ship would be evacuated. A Dutch rescue company is trying to re-float the ship using tugs and bulldozers, to take advantage of the high tide. He said he still hoped the dredging would free the ship without resorting to the transport of its cargo, but added, “We are in a difficult situation, this is a bad accident.”

In response to a question when they hope to free the ship and reopen the canal, they said, “I can’t say because I don’t know.”

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