On September 24, Hezbollah announced that a second Iranian tanker carrying fuel meant for Lebanon had arrived in the Syrian port of Banias.
The fuel shipment will be unloaded in Banias port then transported via land to Lebanon in order to avoid any pressure from the US. Washington maintains strict sanctions on Iran.
Hezbollah decided to import fuel from Iran last August to help ease a fuel crisis that effected all of Lebanon. The crisis begin when the Central Bank announced that it will not be able to finance any more fuel shipments.
The first Iranian fuel shipment arrived in Banias port on September 12. The shipment was then transported to Lebanon on two batches on September 16 and 17. The shipment was distributed by al-Amana, a US-sanctioned company that belongs to Hezbollah.
The Lebanese group provided fuel from the first shipment to governmental hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, municipalities that handle the task of pumping water, fire brigades and the Red Cross.
In a recent speech, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said that the group could import more fuel from Iran if the crisis in Lebanon continues.
The US responded to Hezbollah move by launching its own initiative to support Lebanon by providing gas from Egypt and electricity from Jordan. Both will, however, pass though Syria. Washington will be forced to ease sanctions on Damascus.