Syria: four dead in missile fire at refineries in the north of the country

The fire that is said to have broken out after the bombing of makeshift oil refining facilities in northern Aleppo province, March 5, 2021. AFP - AREF TAMMAWI

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Missile fire at oil refineries in northern Syria killed at least four people and injured more than 20 others.


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According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), a UK-based NGO, a series of missile attacks by Russian warships and allied forces of the Syrian regime have struck oil refineries in the Aleppo province on the night of Friday 5 to Saturday 6 March, causing a big fire in this area controlled by the Turkish forces and their Syrian auxiliaries.

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OSDH reported four dead and 24 injured to varying degrees near the town of Jarablous.

At least one pro-Turkish Syrian rebel has been killed, OSDH director Rami Abdel Rahmane said.

Oil production affected

The emergency services took several hours to control the fire which affected around thirty tanks, according to the OSDH.

Oil installations in Turkish-controlled parts of Aleppo province have come under repeated attacks in recent months, although Moscow and the Syrian government have not claimed them.

The deadly war

that has devastated Syria since 2011 has cost the oil industry tens of billions of dollars.

The fighting has sometimes ravaged infrastructure, targets of the greed of the various belligerents.

Before the conflict, Syrian crude oil production reached nearly 400,000 barrels per day.

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