| 27 January 2023, Friday |

Iranian Gasoline and Diesel route: Tehran, Baniyas, Beirut… Is Hezbollah ready?

The plan prepared since early July was for Iranian ships to enter through the afflicted Beirut Port, but this would have exposed Lebanon to new US sanctions.

On the other hand, oil facilities in Zahrani has informed those concerned that unloading Iranian fuels in the facilities is not possible, then this proposal was dismissed. After this situation it was decided that the Iranian fuel road would pass through the Baniyas port in Syria.

Information indicates that the Iranian ships will pass through the Suez Canal and enter the Mediterranean Sea to head and dock at Baniyas Port, where they will be unloaded to be transported by tankers directly to Lebanon.

The question that arises in this context, How will it enter across the borders, and will its entrance through the legitimate crossings expose Lebanon to US sanctions?

So, eyes will be focused on Al-masnaa borders crossing in the coming days to know how will the tankers enter, otherwise Hezbollah will use the illegal crossings through which fuel and subsidized materials have been smuggled for months into Syria, in order to bring the tankers to the country. This will expose Hezbollah, as the party repeatedly denied that the smuggling crossings are not under its authority.

The infrastructure for storing fuel was prepared by Hezbollah to supply the Bekaa, the South, and Beirut suburbs first. The party’s technical team have completed preparing a number of facilities. Sources following up the oil file told Sawt Beirut International (SBI) that the fuel that will arrive by land will be distributed directly to the petrol stations that will store it in preparation for its distribution.

Sources indicated that Al-Amana stations distributed across the country, which had been included on the list of sanctions last year because of their association with Hezbollah, will ensure the distribution of the Iranian gasoline and diesel, provided that it is sold at a price close to the current prices in the market.

  • Sawt Beirut International