Syrian government arrests oil truck drivers from Eastern Syria in Homs

Writing Kaled Abdul-hamid | Editing Amena Riyad | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 31, 2019, 12:53:51 AM wire MILITARYECONOMY & BUSINESS Detainee

Homs - SMART

On Wednesday, the Syrian government forces arrested four oil truck drivers near the Homs Refinery in Central Syria. The drivers were coming from areas controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Eastern Syria.

The truck drivers' relatives in al-Raqqa reported that the drivers and their vehicles belong to the al-Qaterji Company, owned by Muhammad al-Qaterji, who promised the drivers safe passage between YPG-controlled areas and Syrian government-controlled areas.

The relatives added that the Syrian government forces arrested the drivers on charges of avoiding compulsory military recruitment. The drivers are from Homs and were displaced to the city of al-Raqqa earlier.

Last year, the United States Treasury Department sanctioned four individuals, including Muhammad al-Qaterji and his company, who supervised oil trade between the Islamic State and the Syrian government and for facilitating oil transportation to the Syrian government.

On March 24, 2018, oil trucks left the YPG-controlled city of al-Tabaqa in the governorate of al-Raqqa to Syrian government-controlled areas. A trader told SMART that the YPG provided the Syrian government forces with about 40 thousand barrels of fuel per day.

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Writing Kaled Abdul-hamid | Editing Amena Riyad | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 31, 2019, 12:53:51 AM wire MILITARYECONOMY & BUSINESS Detainee
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