Syria steps up fuel rationing as crisis worsens
The Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources is introducing a temporary measure to regulate the distribution of petrol to all vehicles.
“Private cars will be given 20 litres every five days, three litres will be given for every three days, and taxis and public transport will be given 20 litres every 48 hours.
“On Sunday, the cabinet decided to reduce the quantities of gasoline allocated to government vehicles, set up mobile fuel stations and reopen closed stations,’’ the ministry said in a statement.
It added that all stations would be put under supervision of the Ministry of Oil to control the allocation of fuel and reduce any waste, smuggling or monopoly.
A Syrian official, who requested anonymity, told dpa that the crisis was the result of economic sanctions imposed by Western countries on the Syrian government and Iran.
The official also said that many Iranian tankers heading to Syria were far from reaching their destination.
Many Syrian oilfields were taken and exploited by Islamic State when it took over large parts of the country in 2014.