Despite the possibility of Lebanon being subject to US sanctions and despite the announcement by official Lebanese authorities not to grant it permission to import, Hezbollah is sticking to the entry of Iran-sanctioned fuel in Lebanon through Syria.
With the Tanker Trackers website announcing the first Iranian ship to load direct fuel in Lebanon arrives at the Suez Canal today, informed sources told Al Arabiya.net that the ship will arrive at the Syrian port of Banias early next week, after which the stage of unloading and transporting the cargo via land as far as Lebanon.
While the sources expected “Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to have a vision in coinciding with the arrival of the Iranian ship in Syria “, stressed that” its cargo will be transported by tankers from Baniyas via the Homs-Qusair-Hermel road, near the Syrian border, “smuggling tanks affiliated with the Iran-backed party.
Informed sources explained: “A few days ago, Hezbollah informed some important smugglers and traders affiliated with it, especially in the areas near the Lebanese-Syrian border, to prepare their tanks to be used for unloading the ship”.
And he said: “After being filled with diesel, the tanks will go directly from Baniyas to the Lebanese side, where their cargo will be unloaded in their warehouses, without stopping or being collected. in a common Lebanese station “.
Distribution of diesel to the allies
As for those who will benefit from the first shipment, the sources indicated that “Hezbollah has assigned the bulk of the ship’s cargo to private hospitals and health centers affiliated to it. in more than a’area, as well as a number of bakeries and loyal owners of electricity generators and some official hospitals. “
He also spoke of “the remainder will be distributed by Hezbollah to its political allies, in particular to the Free Patriotic Movement, led by the son-in-law of the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, representative of Gibran Bassil “.
Regarding the party that will distribute the Iranian fuel, the sources said: “Hezbollah’s 400th unit (the support and supply unit) will take over the task, while Hashem Safi al-Din, head of Hezbollah’s executive council, will oversee it. “
Last month, Hezbollah announced that an Iranian oil shipment was in journey to Lebanon, e in later announced two more expeditions.
Meanwhile, the interim Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar confirmed a few days ago that “Lebanon has not received a request to import Iranian fuel”.
As US Senator Richard Blumenthal said during his visit to Beirut last Wednesday with a congressional delegation, “Lebanon doesn’t need to depend on Iranian fuel shipments.”
These developments come in one moment in which Lebanon is witnessing a suffocating economic and vital crisis, such as the one the Lebanese have not seen for decades. Many observers fear that these Iranian oil shipments will help impose sanctions on the country. in one moment in which the economy cannot bear them in any way.
In addition to the economic crisis, the acute hydrocarbon crisis, which has paralyzed various vital and grassroots sectors, has exacerbated the life situation, while popular anger has increased from all parties and political officials in the country, especially in the areas considered. loyal to Hezbollah and against its ministers and politicians.
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