Late on October 23, pinpoint strikes targeted two fuel storage facilities operated by illegal traffickers to the south of the Turkish-occupied town of Jarabulus in northern Syria.
Precision-guided missiles targeted the facilities, which are located near the towns of al-Kussa and al-Dabis. The strikes resulted in large fires and a series of explosions.
Large quantities of fuel, which were smuggled from areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria, were reportedly stored in the targeted facilities. Dozens of tankers were also parked there.
According to several local media sources, the strikes claimed the lives of five people and injured at least 15 others who were working in the targeted facilities.
Opposition activists claimed that the strikes were carried out by Russian forces. Nevertheless, it is more likely that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was behind the strikes.
In November of 2019, the SAA launched a series of pinpoint strikes on facilities operated by fuel traffickers in northern Aleppo. Back then, the army warned that it will not hesitate to target any side that’s involved in these illegal acts.
The heavy losses caused by the new wave of strikes on Jarabulus fuel facilities will likely hinder smuggling operations for weeks, if not months.
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