Oil field in Syria's Raqqa province. File photo
Al-Hasakah, Syria – After militants of al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (previously known as ISIL) controlled oil fields in the Syrian province of Raqqa, and Jibisa oil field in Hasakah province, they completed last week their control over most of the major power stations and oil fields in Deir ez-Zor province following their gains against fighters of Shura al-Mujahideen Council, which includes al-Nusra Front, the Islamic Front and battalions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The Islamic State group controls about 60% of all oil fields in Syria, according to sources in the opposition-liked Syrian Interim Government.
Rumeilan oil fields in Hasakah province still submit to the control of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) an pro-regime forces in the area. After continuous attempts, The Islamic State couldn’t so far take over the oil-rich Rumailan area in the far northeast.
Oil is one of the important financial resources for the Islamic State, where they use random and primitive methods for production. Selling crude at low prices also make way for tribal members to benefit from the production and sales but under ISIL sponsorship.
Khalil Jermizi, an activist based in Shaddadi town south of Hasakah, told ARA News that after the Islamic State’s militants took control of the major oil fields in Syria, they seek now to develop methods of production.
“Recently, the ISIL (Islamic State), in collaboration with some of the staff of the Syrian Oil Company in Jibisa, organized workshops in order to maintain the gas plant in the field of Jibisa which was suspended for nearly six months, then the fields worked to run Power Plants and were not used for domestic purposes,” Jermizi said.
Jermizi pointed out that the Islamic State seeks through by such actions to gain popular support and build its incubator among people of the area through distributing the production of those fields at a discount or free of charge.
Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil
Source: ARA News