Equipo Nizkor
        Bookshop | Donate
Derechos | Equipo Nizkor       


IS militants capture key oil field in central Syria

Islamic State (IS) militants have captured a key oil field in central Syria from government troops, a monitor group reported Monday.

The fall of the al-Jazal oil field, in the province of Homs, came after intense fighting, said London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said al-Jazal was the last oil field under government control.

The government had already lost the oil and gas fields in Deir al-Zour, and Kurdish militants in northern Syria now control Rmailan oil field, the country's largest.

Clashes are still raging on near the field, the Observatory said.

Oil had been a pillar industry of Syria's economy until the crisis broke out more than three years ago, with a daily output of about 380,000 barrels. Oil export, at 130,000 barrels a day, once accounted for 45 percent of total exports.

As the crisis dragged on, production declined sharply.

[Source: Xinhua, Damascus, 07Sep15]

Bookshop Donate Radio Nizkor

Syria War
small logoThis document has been published on 08Sep15 by the Equipo Nizkor and Derechos Human Rights. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.