Venezuela to ship more fuel to Syria as crackdown spreads

CARACAS - Venezuela is readying a third shipment of diesel to the government of Syria even as President Bashar Assad intensifies a crackdown against protesters, said a Venezuelan lawmaker on Monday.
Last month, Venezuela's government confirmed it had sent at least two shipments of fuel to Syria, potentially undermining Western sanctions as a rare supplier to the increasingly isolated Assad regime.
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who is in Cuba recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, has been a vociferous supporter of Syria as part of a self-styled international "anti-imperialist" alliance.
Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA shipped cargo in February aboard the Negra Hipolita vessel after the same tanker carried a first shipment in November.