| 29 May 2024, Wednesday |

Iranian oil ship didn’t cross Suez Canal, its arrival in Syria depends on its cargo

The current scenario in Lebanon is comparable to the character of Syrian actor Duraid Lahham in the film “Al Houdoud,” who lost his identification documents and had spent his life trying to reclaim his identity.

After becoming a joint-venture governed by a “corrupt” Board of Directors, Lebanon and its citizens are now seeking for their identity, constitutional principles, governmental powers, and institutions. By waiting to fill their car’s tank with gas, despite the fact that the price has doubled, the crisis persists, and petrol is mixed with the blood of people queuing at gas stations.

Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, declared the departure of the first Iranian oil ship yesterday, despite the world’s attempts to strike it, and Iran issued a warning today about messing with the ship. Simultaneously with Nasrallah’s decision, the Lebanese president concluded the Supreme Council meeting announcing new measures: relieving the Lebanese citizen’s pain by adopting a new gas rate: 8,000 Lebanese Pounds.

The question then arises: Where is the Ministry of Energy in this “honored” situation, which could have numerous consequences for Lebanon, the first of which can be assumed and enumerated in the event that the ship passes safely from the Red Sea through the Suez Canal to Syrian Ports, as is the case with Banias Port, because the Lebanese Ports are not qualified logistically to receive it, not to mention the large amounts that might take more than ten days to be delivered. Will these amounts suffice for the members of the party?

It’s important to consider whether the countries that imposed sanctions on Iran and Syria will include the pillars of the Lebanese authorities who allowed the importation of oil derivatives from sanctioned countries, especially since they “deafened their ears” to the decision of Sayed Haret Hreik, who confirmed that he would fulfill his promise.

The ship or tanker has not yet passed through the Suez Canal, and it is unlikely to do so unless it contains a strategic missile-cutting cargo. This ship sustains significant damage, and similar incidents have occurred with many tankers, some of which were revealed to the public while others were kept under wraps.

Finally, we must await the arrival of the first Iranian ship, which is a card played by Iran through Hezbollah, its most powerful weapon in the Middle East and its most dangerous adversary. We are only a few days away from the consequences of this tanker. Is this going to be the first and last shipping attempt?!

  • Sawt Beirut International