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CARACAS/GENEVA - The government of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is emerging as a rare supplier of diesel to Syria, potentially undermining Western sanctions and helping the Syrian government fuel its military in the middle of a bloody crackdown on civilian protests.
A cargo of diesel, which can be used to fuel army tanks or as heating fuel, was expected to arrive at Syria's Mediterranean port of Banias this week, according to two traders and shipping data. The cargo could be worth up to $50 million.
Ship turns off satellite tracking
The Venezuelan tanker was last seen off the coast of Cyprus with a destination of Banias and the estimated arrival date of Wednesday, AIS ship tracking on Reuters showed. The satellite tracking has been switched off since Wednesday.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Okay, it's no surprise to me that Venezuela is shipping to Syria. After all, Iran has been running military flights through Syria to Venezuela for years now on a weekly basis. Something smells here though....... Diesel? Venezuela is honestly shipping refined FUEL to the Middle East?
I'd give anything to have teams board that ship and stick test every compartment within the tanks. I just have a hunch....there is more than fuel on that ship. I have NO idea what Venezuela could be making or shipping that Syria and Iran don't already have...but then that is why an inspection would be great. Too bad it would probably push tensions to the breaking point.