China demands end to US theft of Syrian resources

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Beijing- The People’s Republic of China called on the US government to end the plunder of Syria’s oil resources, in a press release.

“We call on the United States to respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, unilaterally lift sanctions, and end the theft of Syria’s national resources,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. Foreign Wang Wenbin at a press briefing.

The appeal by the Asian giant comes in light of repeated news that US armed forces have transported oil from Hasakah governorate to military bases in Iraq.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry revealed that the oil sector had suffered losses of at least $107.1 billion since the start of the US-sponsored war in 2011.

Meanwhile, Syria is suffering from a severe energy crisis with repeated power cuts in various parts of the country.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said “this is not the first time that the US military has stolen oil from Syria and they seem to be spiraling out of control.”

Wenbin also called on the US government to investigate the Syrian Foreign Ministry’s allegations and compensate the country for any damages.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson pointed out that the US military used at least 800 tankers in August alone.

“As of June 2022, the U.S. military’s illegal extraction, smuggling, and dealing of Syrian oil, gas, and mineral resources resulted in an estimated $18.2 billion in direct losses to Syria, further compounding the humanitarian catastrophe. in Syria,” he added in his statement.

Wenbin described the situation in Syria to other countries like Libya and Afghanistan, adding that “the rights and lives of the Syrian people are being taken away, instead of being protected.”

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), US forces on September 3 established a third military base in the village of Naqara, just three kilometers from Qamishli in Hasakah province. , in the northeast of the country.

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