Satellite images showed that the Iranian tanker “Vaxon” began today, Tuesday, 14 September, discharging 33,000 tons of Iranian diesel at a Syrian port, in preparation for sending it to Lebanon.
Today, Tuesday, Tanker Trackers, a ship tracking website, published a series of tweets confirming this news. He added that “the tanker, which cannot deliver its shipment by sea directly to Lebanon due to the sanctions, went to Baniyas in Syria to transport the shipment by land.”
The website added that the shipment needs 1,310 trucks to transport it to Lebanon, and the size of the shipment was estimated at 33,000 metric tons of diesel.
Tanker Trackers confirmed that the second Iranian tanker carrying fuel to Lebanon, which was expected to cross the Suez Canal yesterday, Monday, September 13, has not yet reached the canal.
The website added that the third Iranian tanker carrying fuel to Lebanon is still being loaded.
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, said on Monday that the first ship carrying Iranian fuel to help Lebanon in its financial crisis docked in Syria on Sunday, and that the shipment was due to arrive in Lebanon by Thursday.
Nasrallah made these statements yesterday, Monday, and they were broadcast by Al-Manar TV, which is affiliated with the Lebanese Hezbollah.
Nasrallah added that Syria has prepared dozens of oil trucks to transport diesel, and the fuel will be stored in the Lebanese city of Baalbek before it is distributed.
Less than a month ago, Nasrallah announced that an Iranian oil tanker was heading to Lebanon, adding that other tankers would also depart from Tehran to Beirut.
After the Minister of Energy in the caretaker government of Lebanon previously said that he had not received a request to import Iranian fuel, Nasrallah confirmed, in his speech yesterday, Monday, that the change in the course of the Iranian tanker was due to sanctions, noting that Iran would send the fuel to Lebanon in 4 tankers.
Nasrallah’s statements came hours after the first meeting of the new Lebanese cabinet.
The new Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, has not yet commented on the agreement between Iran and Hezbollah to import fuel to Lebanon.
But Hezbollah’s action sparked protests from some Lebanese politicians, including former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. These politicians believe that fuel imports from Iran may lead to tougher sanctions and an economic crisis for the country.
For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that if the Lebanese government and merchants in Lebanon still need fuel, Iran is ready to sell and send it.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, described sending these shipments as “normal trade in the energy sector” and a “traditional decision of the regime,” and said, “Certainly we cannot see the planned suffering against the Lebanese people.”
While the World Bank estimates that Lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis in the past one hundred and seventy years, the oil and energy ministers of the four Arab countries, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, recently agreed to transfer energy from Egypt to Lebanon via Jordan and Syria.
Source: Iran Intel