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Iran Press TV

Syria exempts Iran fuel imports from tax

Iran Press TV

Wed Apr 3, 2013 2:16PM GMT

The Syrian government has issued an "exclusive exemption on taxes and customs” on fuel imports from Iran until the end of June.

The cabinet decided "to issue an exclusive exemption on taxes and customs on oil, fuel and gas imports from Iran until June 30, 2013," SANA reported on Tuesday.

Syria has seen a sharp decrease in oil production as a result of the ongoing two-year conflict with foreign-backed militants fighting against the President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Militants have also targeted pipelines in Deir Ezzor in the east, Homs in central Syria and Banias on the Mediterranean coast with explosives. Tankers have also been frequently targeted while on the roads, and some of them have been looted.

Many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence that broke out in Syria in March 2011.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that certain Western states and their regional allies such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey have been trying to fuel the turmoil.

The repercussions of the ongoing unrest have deeply affected Syrians with hundreds of thousands of people now suffering from a lack of food, shelter and medical assistance.

This is while the European Union and the United States have adopted sanctions on Syrian oil imports and imposed restrictions on the country’s trade and financial agreements.

Prior to the outbreak of the conflict Syria produced some 400,000 barrels of oil a day. Production has since dropped by half.

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