27 April 2019 — WSWS
This past week has seen massive queues in Syria’s capital Damascus outside petrol (gas) stations.
The fuel shortage has become far worse than during the war—bringing commercial life almost to a standstill. With domestic oil production down as a result of war damage and disruption to only 24,000 barrels per day (BPD), far less than the 136,000 bpd it needs, the government has rationed petrol. Private cars are allowed 20 litres every five days and taxis 20 litres every 48 hours. Before the war, Syria enjoyed relative energy autonomy.