The Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah group, Hassan Nasrallah, announced, on Monday, August 13, 2021, the arrival of the first ship carrying Iranian oil derivatives to the Syrian port of Banias, confirming its transfer to Lebanon within days, and noting that a second ship is about to arrive, in addition to two new ships that have arrived. They depart from Tehran.
Hassan Nasrallah announced about a month ago that a shipment of fuel would sail for the first time from Iran to Lebanon, warning the United States and Israel against harming it, at a time when Lebanon is suffering from a stifling fuel crisis.
The second ship will arrive soon
Nasrallah indicated that the first ship had arrived at the ports of Syria, and that it would be transported by land to Lebanon until Thursday, September 16, 2021.
Hassan Nasrallah said that his group did not want to embarrass the Lebanese state about receiving the ship transporting oil derivatives from Iran, so it decided to land it in Syria and transport it by land.
The Secretary-General of Hezbollah indicated that the movement will provide part of the oil derivatives as a gift to government hospitals, nursing homes, orphans, water institutions, municipalities and civil defense, and will sell the rest to citizens at less than the wholesale price.
The fuel crisis in Lebanon
Hezbollah has previously announced that it is working to bring fuel from Iran, at a time when Lebanon suffers from a severe shortage of electricity and gasoline.
Nasrallah spoke about the fuel crisis, saying: “I assure you, God willing, we will definitely bring diesel and gasoline from Iran (Hezbollah’s ally), and the matter is settled, and in these two days I will inform you when.”
It is noteworthy that for nearly two years, Lebanon has been experiencing the worst economic crisis in its modern history, which has caused a shortage of fuel, medicine and other basic commodities, due to the lack of foreign exchange that the Central Bank was securing to support the import of these materials.
On August 11, the Central Bank of Lebanon decided to issue fuel import credits at the market exchange rate, where the dollar price exceeds 20 thousand pounds, after it had previously approved the price of 3900 pounds to the dollar for importing it.
The Lebanese Central Bank’s decision means a complete lifting of fuel subsidies, and the decision was rejected by the caretaker government and sparked widespread popular protests.
For months, Lebanon has been witnessing a shortage of fuel, medicine and other basic commodities, due to the lack of foreign exchange that the Central Bank provided for the country’s imports of basic commodities.