The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which hold most of northeastern Syria, have resumed oil and wheat shipments to areas held by the Damascus government, Eyad Hussien, a journalist in the Ruptly agency, revealed on march 17.
Ruptly shared footage showing dozens of tankers and trucks queuing along both sides of the M4 highway outside the city of Qamishli in northern al-Hasakah. The vehicles were on their war to government-held areas.
The SDF halted oil shipments to Damascus around 35 days ago for no clear reason. The blockade led to a serious fuel crisis in government-held areas. At the same time, the US-backed group was smuggling oil to Turkish-backed militants in northern Aleppo.
On another front, the SDF was smuggling wheat and other grains from northeastern Syria to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, according to several reports.
In the last few weeks, a series of missile strikes, reportedly carried out by the Syrian Arab Army and Russian forces, hit oil traffickers’ faculties in northern Aleppo. The strike may have forced the SDF to reconsider its blockade.
Syria is currently facing a serious economic crisis. The value of the Syrian Pound has dropped to unprecedented levels. Damascus blames the crisis on an economic siege imposed by the US and its European and Middle Eastern allies. The SDF’s recent blockade is an example of this siege on the local level.
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