Syrian regime benefits from oil Islamists sell: dissident

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ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Friday, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) identified the prices of selling barrels of crude oil extracted from the oil station of Kabiba near the city of Shaddadi (50 km south of Hasakah), in northeastern Syria, local sources reported.

The radical group has set the price at $ 35 per barrel, and decided to transfer primitive oil refineries away from the city of Shaddadi to a distance of 15 km, the civil rights activist Saeed Ali stated to ARA News.

Ali pointed out that the IS extremists exploit the residents of the region and make arbitrary decisions with respect to extracting and refining the crude oil as well as with the sales and pricing process.

“The group makes deals with the Syrian regime in the process of extracting oil from the wells of southern Hasakah, dividing the production between the two sides through confidential agreements,” Ali quoted a regime defector as saying.

The extremist group raised the price of crude oil “due to the repeated airstrikes on the oil station of Kabiba by the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes”, according to Ali.

Noteworthy, over the past few months, the coalition’s warplanes intensified strikes against the IS strongholds in Hasakah’s western and southern suburbs, including at plants that extract oil such as Kabiba station –one of the most active oil stations in the area.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Muhammad

Source: ARA News

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