About two weeks ago, petrol stations in the city of Hasakah, in north-eastern Syria witnessed a severe shortage in the availability of fuel, especially fuel for heating and vehicles, which led to an increase in the complaints of the local people in light of the recent cold weather.
Ibrahim Abi, an employee of one of the Autonomous Administration institutions in the city of Hasakah, has been waiting for his turn for three hours in his car in front of al-Khabour Petrol Station in a row of cars, so he may be able to get fuel for his car.
Abi told North-Press that waiting for hours in a row of cars distracts him from his work, describing himself as "the employee in front of the station,” because of his frequent visits.
Primitive oil refining operations in previous years had contributed to securing the people's needs for fuel for vehicles, heating and other means, at reasonable prices, despite the health risks of these refining operations.
As Abi, Abdel Wahab Mohamed, an owner of a small car has been waiting for two hours in a queue of cars, explaining that fuel is available at vendors in the black market, but at a high price, "One liter is sold for 175 Syrian pounds compared to 75 pounds at the stations, and that is a very high price for us," he said.
Muhammad, who was displaced from the city of Sere-Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) several months ago with the start of the Turkish attacks, said that he had to use gasoline instead of fuel to run his house heater despite the risks.
Two hundred burners work in a consortium of burners south of Tirbe Sipi (Qahtaniya) and their production is sold by agents to the Autonomous Administration via accredited persons of intermediary company; as free sales are not permitted, and these accredited persons act as intermediaries between the Autonomous Administration and the owners of the burners to manage the sales and purchase operations.
Nasra al-Ali stands among other women carrying empty plastic bottles in front of the station, indicating that she does not have a drop of fuel at home.
Nasra al-Ali added that they had received promises to get fuel oil by neighborhood councils in the town, but "so far we have not received it yet."
The administrator of the Hydrocarbons Committee in Hasakah, Shiyar Hisso in his interview with North-Press, attributed the reason for the aggravation of the fuel crisis in the region to the cessation of some burners as a result of the attacks by the Turkish military and its affiliated armed groups on the areas of Sere-Kaniye and Tal Abyad in October 2019, adding that a large proportion of IDPs arriving in Hasakah has increased the needs of the city's residents.
Hisso said they will start distributing 200 liters of fuel for heating for each family urgently, while additional benefits to be completed later.
The cities and towns of al-Jazira region, in general, have witnessed a crisis in the availability of fuel during the past two weeks, especially the diesel fuel for heating.
The Autonomous Administration raised the price of a liter of fuel to 75 Syrian pounds in September of last year, while the Finance Authority of the Autonomous Administration in north-eastern Syria revealed on 22 January in its financial report for the year 2019, that it obtained more than 155 billion, 989 million Syrian pounds as imports of petroleum and fuel.