Syria says its forces destroy trucks carrying smuggled oil

May 29, 2013 17:31

BEIRUT - Syrian forces loyal to President BasharAssad have destroyed several trucks carrying crude oil being smuggled from eastern oil fields to Turkey, state television said on Wednesday.

It said the tankers were being taken from Tayem oil field, which rebel sources said earlier this month was partly under the control of rebel forces.Syrian television did not say exactly where the tankers had been hit, but said "terrorists" smuggling the consignment had been killed in the attack.

Crude from the Tayem field, close to the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, had until recently been shared between rebels and government forces, the sources said.

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