BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – An Iranian ship reportedly crossed the Suez Canal this week to make its way to either the Syrian port-city of Latakia or Turkey.
According to Twitter user @Mhmdzaki69, the Iranian ship, Stark I, transited the Suez Canal on April 15th and was destined for either Latakia port or Turkey.
الناقله الايرانيه المحمله STARK I تغادر قناه السويس ساعه 20:30 اليوم 16 ابريل(التوقيت موجود في الصوره داخل المربع الابيض)…. بعد عبور طبيعي ودون ان تحتجزها سلطات القناه او تمنعها الحكومه المصريه من العبور كما تدعي #سوريا و #ايران pic.twitter.com/2mF0BZPc66
— Mhmdzaki (@mhmdzaki69) April 16, 2019
If true, this would be a major relief for the Syrian government, who had previously relied on Iran for oil shipments.
However, due to Trump’s sanctions against the Persian Gulf nation, Iran has struggled to transport oil to Syria.
As a result of this, the Syrian government made the decision to begin restricting the amount of fuel that could be purchased per vehicle.